The Girl Scouts of Burbank are looking to add new members to their ranks so they can continue to 'make the world a better place.' They will hold an informational meeting Saturday, May 11th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Burbank Park District Administration Building located at Newcastle Park, 8050 S. Newcastle Ave. Girl’s will earn their first Girl Scout badge by signing up at this event.
Girls in grades K-12 can join Girl Scouts. The grade-level troops are as follows:
- Girl Scout Daisy, grades K-1
- Girl Scout Brownie, grades 2-3
- Girl Scout Junior, grades 4-5
- Girl Scout Cadette, grades 6-8
- Girl Scout Senior, grades 9-10
- Girl Scout Ambassador, grades 11-12
Most troops meet twice a month at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Burbank (the Girl Scouts are not religiously affiliated but simply use the church as a meeting space) or other nearby locations.
Teresa Diaz, Service Unit Manager of the Burbank Scouts, is very keen on the Girl Scouts and the direction of the Burbank troops.
“It’s a great way to build self esteem in the girls. It’s an inexpensive way to build confidence and a network of girls,” said Diaz.
The Gold Award is the highest achievement in Girl Scouts, the equivalent of the Eagle Scout Award in Boy Scouts. Diaz noted that it is a very high honor and something to put on a resumé. Colleges look very favorably on girls who have achieved the Gold Award and winners may be eligible for college scholarships.
“We are very pleased to say we have 5-6 girls that are moving from the Ambassador to the Adult level this year who are in the process of earning, or have already earned their Gold Award,” Diaz observed.
Although the Girl Scouts may be best known for their spring cookie sales, Teresa Diaz stated that the Burbank Girl Scouts partake in many different types of activities throughout the year including camping, crafts, and attending cultural events such as plays and museums.
The girls also participate in service projects. Diaz commented: “We do a lot of service projects with Moraine Court, an assisted senior facility located in Bridgeview. We go there about every two months and bring activities to them.”
Of all the undertakings, Teresa Diaz is perhaps most enthusiastic about the cookie sales because it teaches the girls business acumen.
Diaz pointed out: “The cookie program is an entrepreneurial process where they receive a product, have to market the product, have to go through the entire accounting function of selling the product and collecting money on the product. They learn financial literacy; the process of building customers, dealing with customers and also meeting their customers when we have cookie booths. In the end they get to budget their money and decide how they’re going to use their money, whether it’s for service projects or fun activities.”
This year Diaz’s Brownie Troop used the majority of the money they earned from cookie sales for camping (Camp Butternut Springs near Valparaiso, IN is a popular destination with the girls). The left over proceeds went for a Girl Scout build-a-bear event and they also made a donation to the St. Jude Foundation.
In addition to new members, the Girl Scouts of Burbank are looking for adult volunteers.
“We can’t exist without our adult volunteers. We are looking for moms that may have some additional time. It can range from troop leader, to co-leader, to cookie moms; anyone who can invest time in the girls. We are really looking for Daisy Troop leaders so if you have a daughter entering kindergarden or first grade next year, we’d love to have volunteers at that level,” Diaz observed.
Diaz also stated that she’d like to thank the outgoing Service Unit Manager, Theresa Shepherd, for over 8 years of dedicated work with the Burbank Girl Scouts.
You can find more information on the Girl Scouts of Burbank on their Facebook page. For additional information contact Teresa Diaz at 773-425-7220 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.