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McCreary County Girl Scouts are region’s top volunteers

Congressman Hal Rogers presented the PRIDE Volunteer of the Month Award to the McCreary County Girl Scouts in appreciation for their dedication to local cleanup activities. Photo by the McCreary County Voice.

Congressman Hal Rogers presented the PRIDE Volunteer of the Month Award to the McCreary County Girl Scouts in appreciation for their dedication to local cleanup activities. Photo by the McCreary County Voice.

The McCreary County Girl Scouts are a prime example of a service oriented organization driven to develop generations of community-minded individuals. The local organization is led by Service Unit Manager Wanda Monroe. Mrs. Monroe leads a group of seven troops in McCreary County, each with their respective Troop leaders, and over 80 Girl Scouts ranging in age from 5-17.

PRIDE…the Girl Scouts have it. These young ladies are among the first to volunteer each year at the Cumberland Falls Spring Cleanup and during the McCreary County Clean Sweep. They help keep our state parks and our Forest Service campgrounds and lands clean, and they have donated their time at the county park to remove litter left behind by others.

In addition, these girls meet monthly to experience other endeavors learning about local wildlife, ecosystems, the environmental issues our area faces and how they can be good stewards of our natural resources for years to come. And, let’s not forget they do all of this while operating the best cookie sales business in the United States.

The Girl Scouts nationwide organization celebrated 100 years of service in 2012. Their organization and their service record was celebrated in McCreary County with the planting of a native Kentucky oak tree on the courthouse lawn.

The local Girl Scouts are involved in a number of local service opportunities including community Christmas celebrations at the public library and county courthouse where they decorate Christmas trees with handmade ornaments. At least once a year, sometimes more, the Scouts host canned food drives to benefit God’s Food Pantry or the Christian Care Center. Around Thanksgiving each year, The Scouts and their leaders gather gift baskets of food that are distributed to local families through the school systems’ Family Resource Centers.

PRIDE thanks Andrew Powell, McCreary County Deputy Judge-Executive and PRIDE Coordinator, for writing this description of the Girl Scouts when he nominated the group for the PRIDE Volunteer of the Month Award.

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