EDITOR'S NOTE: The United Way of Dodge City began its annual campaign on Sept. 1. The campaign will run until Feb. 14. In light of United Way's efforts to raise funds for charitable organizations in Dodge City, the Daily Globe will be profiling these organizations. This week's organization is the Girl Scouts.
The Girl Scouts of Southwest Kansas may have a long tradition, but Regional Director Chandra Lay says the organization is looking resolutely toward its future. In light of this aim, the United Way is providing its own support.
The Girl Scouts are a leadership organization for girls in grades kindergarten through 12. Girls participate in troops, events, travel, 'virtual Girl Scouts' and individual activities. The Dodge City area currently has about 300 members. Around 50 parents volunteer and Lay says the organization is in dire need of additional parent support. Some registered girls don't have assigned troops because of the lack of parent volunteers.
The organization has grown over the years, commencing partnerships with YMCA, the Alley, Boot Hill Museum, the Depot Theater and the National Weather Service. Now they are looking at rebranding what the Girl Scouts are.
“The important thing everybody should know is we are not the same Girl Scouts,” Lay said. “We are holding on to the old traditions, but we are changing to the times and making it friendly to every girl possible.”
Lay said that the Girl Scouts are important because it encourages girls to give something back to southwest Kansas as leaders in the community.
Proceeds from United Way go toward events and financial aid for those who can't afford to pay for the Girl Scouts program.
Those interested in participating in Girl Scouts or volunteering may contact Chandra Lay at 620 - 276 - 7061 ext. 3502 or visit the Girl Scouts' website. You do not have to be an adult to volunteer and help is needed in a number of areas.