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Girl Scouts focus on safety to earn special pin

Sofie Gross, a Girl Scout Senior from Deerfield, learns how to use a fire extinguisher under the watchful eye of a Hooksett paramedic. (Courtesy photo)

RAYMOND, NH ­- Girl Scouts learn to be prepared for anything as they build their skills to be leaders in their communities. More than 90 Girl Scouts from different troops in the area participated in Safety Award Day at Iber Holmes Gove Middle School in Raymond on April 13, earning a pin that signifies they have learned how to stay safe, appropriate to their age level. This is one of the few insignia a Girl Scout can transfer from one uniform to the next as she progresses through the Girl Scout program.

Nancy Gross, a troop leader in Deerfield, said her community of Girl Scouts consists of Raymond, Candia, Deerfield, Northwood and Epsom, and girls from each town attended the day. Girl Scouts from Daisy to Ambassador level (kindergarten through 12th grade) heard from volunteers from the Candia Police Department, Epsom Fire Department, Hooksett Fire Department, Tri-Town EMS/ambulance, and the state Bureau of Emergency Management. They played “Lost but Found,” a video produced by the National Parks Service which teaches hiking safety; enjoyed a talk and demonstration of a local search-and-rescue dog handler and her dog; and the older Girl Scouts led the younger ones in activities and discussions.

Life skills like these are one of the four pillars of the Girl Scout leadership development program, along with STEM, outdoor, and entrepreneurship. Girl Scouts unleashes the G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader)™ in every girl.

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