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Future leaders of America

By Victoria Davis
December 6, 2012

Girl Scouts have been around since the year 1912. From Daisy, to Brownie, to Junior, to Cadette, to Senior, to Ambassador, the experience is extraordinary. Active in the community, offering help as much as they can, involving young girls in different experiences, and being role models and future leaders to people everywhere, it’s what they do. They are always ready to assist anyone and are prepared to make a difference. I know it may seem like Girl Scouts between the ages of 6 to 18 (plus their amazing leaders) can’t make a significant impact in society, but you would definitely be surprised. Being a Girl Scout myself, I’ve realized over the years how much time and effort everyone who is in the program puts in to make a better world. All of the organized activities and fundraisers are extraordinary and really do accomplish a lot.

I was able to contact Laure Valentine to get some information about the Girl Scouts in our community. Mrs. Valentine is a troop leader, among many who have dedicated much time to creating a fantastic Rockland Girl Scout Program. She has been a leader since her daughter was a Daisy. Laure shared with me that there are about 80 girls in the Roscoe/Livingston Manor Girl Scouts. They participate in a variety of events such as planting flowers in the spring, the town clean-up, Christmas caroling at the nursing homes, and most recently they made a float for the Jeffersonville parade. The parade is in honor of James Dworestsky and to celebrate the holidays. There were many different floats with lights everywhere and communities participating from all around the area. It was a beautiful parade with all the decorations, lights, and floats all around. The Manor/Roscoe Girl Scouts have participated for the past four years. One year their theme was elves and reindeer, while the other three years featured the Nativity scene. These floats were completely decorated by 20 to 30 girls with the help of a few amazing adults. Although it was a rainy and cold night, it was a fantastic parade.