Girl Scouts

Girl Scouting in Cooperstown is flourishing with a current girl-adult membership of 45.  Leadership includes twelve adult members, one association chairman, and several businesses that sponsor local troops.  Association Chairman for Cooperstown is Jo Conant.  Jo is not new to scouting; she was a co-leader for her daughter Jodi's Brownie troop ten years ago.  Today, the Brownie leaders are:

Teri Severson

Pauline Kenninger

Judy Rahlf

Linda Haaland

Bernice Froiland

Diane Lund

Judy Carpenter

Junior Scout leaders are three-year veterans Janice Therkelsen and Lana Douville. 

Cadette Leaders are Patricia Knight and her husband Jim.  The Knights have been Girl Scout leaders for five years and their team approach to the Scouting program incorporates the entire family.  Christine Cook is registered with the council as an artistic program consultant for the Cooperstown Association.

Records of Scouting in Cooperstown go back to 1949.  At that time the leaders were: 

Mrs. H.W. Hildre

Mrs. Barton Cussons

Mrs. Del Baird

Other former leaders were:

Mrs. Fink

Mrs. Carlton

Mrs. Lima

Mrs. Wells

Mrs. Tidemann

Mrs. Hook

Mrs. Vigesaa

Mrs. Jan Stetz

Mrs. Betty Ament

Cooperstown Girl Scouts are part of the National organization, Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.  The first Girl Scout troop was organized in March of 1912, since that time the organization has grown to exceed three million members.  Pine to Prairie Girl Scout Council covers 20 counties in North Dakota and Minnesota.  The Board of Directors for Pine to Prairie Girl Scout Council is composed of volunteer men and women who reflect the varied geographic, economic and ethnic groups within the council.  Cooperstown is represented on the Board of Directors by Patricia Knight who has served in this capacity for one year.

The Scouting philosophy is best reflected by the Girl Scout Promise and law:

On my honor, I will try:

To serve God,

My country and mankind,

And to live by the Girl Scout Law.

The Girl Scout Law

I will do my best:

to be honest

to be fair

to help where I am needed

to be cheerful

to be friendly and considerate

to be a sister to every Girl Scout

to respect authority

to use resources wisely

to show respect for myself and others

through my words and actions.

Source: Cooperstown, North Dakota 1882-1982 Centennial Page 235

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