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DTLA Girl Scout troop made official; still seeking mentors for girls

By Hayley Fox
Published: Monday, April 29, 2013, at 12:46PM
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Downtown's first Girl Scout troop in decades is now official -- and looking for K-12 girls to enroll, as well as volunteers.

Downtown's newest Girl Scout group has received their official troop number and is now recruiting scouts and mentors to get the program moving.

Troop number 16155 is currently made up of 25 girls in kindergarten through 8th grade, and an upcoming meeting on May 15 aims to enroll the high school set.

Its formation is just one sign of the area's slow transformation into a more family-friendly neighborhood. Although the Scouts will meet at a location in South Park, the group is open to any and all Downtowners.

But the scope of the Girl Scout program depends largely on volunteers. Ginny Brideau, one of the Scouts' troop leaders, said that even a commitment of only a few hours a month could be a huge help.

She said it's easier to find mentors for the younger girls because their own parents are often available to help, but the group is still struggling to find help with the teenage Scouts.

Mentors who do participate in the program will go on hikes with the girls, learn basic first aid techniques and help the Scouts obtain their patches. For high school Scouts, mentors will help them accumulate badges and awards that could be instrumental in beefing up their college applications.

Prospective volunteers will have to go through three hours of required training and a background check before being approved to work with the Girl Scouts. Organizers are asking all approved mentors to then commit to the organization for at least two hours or one meeting, per month.

The Downtown Scouts' first official meeting is on June 13, but coming up on May 15 is a parent meeting where Brideau hopes more high schoolers will submit applications.

The Girl Scouts organization was first started in 1912 with 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia. Now, there are approximately 3.2 million Scouts across the country.

Anyone interested in being a volunteer or finding out more information about the Girl Scouts should email Ginny Brideau at gincase@gmail.com.

This story has been updated. An earlier version said this would be the only Girl Scout troop in Downtown but there are two in existence in Little Tokyo.

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