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  • Delaney John-Zensky Inspires Creativity Through Gold Award Project

    Reading has always been a huge part of Delaney John-Zensky’s life, so when she decided to work toward earning her Girl Scout Gold Award, it was no surprise the Pittsfield teen decided to share her passion with the next generation. John-Zensky, a junior at Virtual Learning Academy Charter School and member of Girl Scout Troop 10524, completed her Gold Award project, “Bags of Care,” this past spring. Her project encourages elementary school children to learn, read, and tap into their creative side. With support from her mother, sister, and fellow Girl Scouts, John-Zensky put together a collection of themed books, lessons, crafts, and other “activities-to-go.” She designed and hand crafted fabric bags to contain all of the items. Nearly two dozen of these themed “Care Bags” are available for check out from the Josiah Carpenter Library. Each contains at least three books and a list of suggested activities, worksheets, and durable, small toys to accompany them. John-Zensky also provided the library with master copies of the worksheets, making the project sustainable for years to come. Realizing that technology is quickly taking precedence over other areas of young peoples’ lives, John-Zensky said she aimed to teach children that reading and learning can be fun. “I noticed that in my town, kids were going into school with a dislike for learning and the pressures of it,” she said. “But to me, there’s no better form of entertainment than a good book or a...

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  • Volunteer of the Month: Stephanie Apitz

    Two years ago, when Stephanie Apitz initially stepped up to serve as her daughters’ Girl Scout troop leader, she was met with a shocking revelation: most of the girls had never had the chance to enjoy the great outdoors. The Plaistow mother of two, who said her she’s made it her mission to encourage girls to set aside their electronic devices and experience life before their own eyes, has been honored as Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains’ July Volunteer of the Month. Apitz, whose family owns and operates the Wilderness Cabins campground in the White Mountains, has served as the leader of Brownie Troop 11018 and Junior Troop 13050 for the past couple years. During that time, Aptiz, who is also a volunteer with NH Fish and Game, has been sharing her passion for the natural world with the girls in her troops. Pairing up her older troops with their younger peers, Apitz has taken them camping in the wintertime, gone kayaking with them, and led hiking and fishing excursions. Most recently, she and her girls got involved with a national project developed to help increase the survival rate of Mallard ducklings. Organized by the Delta Waterfowl Foundation, the Hen House program provides Mallard ducks with a safe place to nest, encouraging citizens to build and place artificial, floating nest structures. “Making floating nests protects Mallard ducklings from predators and brings their survival rate up by nearly 90 percent,” she said. In...

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  • Girl Scouts Remember Beloved Volunteer

    It was an afternoon Linda Dobbins would have loved. Wearing handmade fairy wings, a small group of Amherst and Milford Girl Scouts gathered on a hillside behind the First Congregational Church of Milford, where a small, stone bench bore a simple inscription: Dedicated to Linda Dobbins, From Troop 12164. Dobbins, a beloved Girl Scout volunteer and longtime troop leader, died at the age of 60 in May of 2015, following a long battle with cancer. Friends and loved ones said Linda was a true Girl Scout at heart and was well-known for hosting “fairy tale” and Halloween parties. An avid gardener, she was also an active volunteer with the Milford and Amherst garden clubs. Over the past several months, Junior Girl Scout Troop 12161 has been working hard to ensure that Dobbins be remembered for years to come. On June 8, the girls hosted a dedication ceremony for the Linda Dobbins Memorial Garden.  Troop Leader Carol Tabakaru said the girls’ project featured many personal touches, including two statues that once graced Linda’s own garden. Milford nurseries Trombly Gardens and Souhegan Gardens donated colorful annuals, perennials, and soil. Attended by community and church members, local Girl Scouts and volunteers, family members, and friends, the ceremony included heartfelt testaments from those who knew Dobbins best. Dobbins’ husband Michael, a longtime Girl Scout volunteer himself, joined the girls in releasing several dozen Monarch butterflies, whil...

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  • Jump-In To Summer Fun!

    Get a jump on summer with Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains’ 2016 Jump-In Program!

    This year’s Jump-In sessions will take place June 20-24 at Robert Miller Recreation Center in Burlington and July 5- 8 at St. Peter’s Parish in Vergennes. Three sessions will also be offered at St. John Vianney Parish in South Burlington on the following dates: June 27-July 1, July 11-15, and July 18-22.

    Open to Daisy, Brownie, and Junior Girl Scouts, as well as girls who aren’t currently registered Girl Scouts, Jump-In is a week-long jump-roping series coached by trained teens and adult staff members. Participating girls will lace up their sneakers and try six different types of jump-roping, including double Dutch, long-roping, and partner-jumping. There will also be plenty of time to make new friends, show off their dance skills, and play some fun games.

    The week concludes with a special performance for families and friends, where the girls will show off their new skills for their audience.

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  • Volunteer of the Month: Karren Crain

    HOOKSETT, NEW HAMPSHIRE| Longtime Girl Scout volunteer Karren Crain spends most of her waking hours with children and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

    Crain, a paraprofessional in the Hooksett School District and  co-leader of Hooksett Troop 10085, was named the March Volunteer of the Month for Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains.

    Growing up in Pennsylvania, Crain gathered fond memories from her own years as a Girl Scout. After moving to New Hampshire with her family, Crain’s lifelong love affair with Girl Scouts would continue when her older daughter, Tracey, participated in the program well into high school. When Crain’s twin daughters, Catey and Carley, entered kindergarten and needed a troop leader, she didn’t hesitate to step forward.  These days, the twins are high school freshmen and Crain has no plans to slow down anytime soon.

    Over the years, she inspired and mentored other Girl Scout volunteers, and currently serves as the volunteer service coordinator for the communities of Hooksett, Pembroke, Allenstown, Bow, and Suncook. Her peers describe her as “someone who is always willing to lend a hand, and offer advice and support.

    Crain said leading 11 teenage Girl Scouts - about half of whom have been with her since kindergarten - continues to offer up adventures and inspiration. “Being with the girls is the best part of this job,” said Crain. “We have a unique situation in Hooksett where these girls attend six separat...

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  • NH Charitable Foundation grant boosts Girl Scouts’ new Customer Engagement Initiative

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  • Merrimack Rotary honors Girl Scouts’ Young Women of Distinction

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  • Young Women of Distinction event celebrated community service

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  • Artist Ellen Davis lends her talents to Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains