Several members of the Jessup Girl Scout cluster advanced to higher levels in Scouting during a May 30 “bridging” ceremony at Piney Orchard Community Center in Odenton.
The Jessup cluster includes Brownie Troop 963, Junior Troop 2389 and Cadette/Senior Troop 476.
“The ceremony was held behind the Piney Orchard Community Center using one of their scenic bridges,” said Kelly Ray, Girl Scout leader of Cadette/Senior Troop 476.
The troops that fall under the umbrella of the Jessup cluster include all levels of Girl Scouting, except for a Daisy troop. The cluster is composed of Scouts of varied ages, interests and backgrounds. The “cluster” environment allows younger Scouts to shadow older ones and gain from their experiences.
“Over this past year, all the scouts have worked hard and accomplished some amazing feats,” Ray said.
Recently, Cadette/Senior Troop 476 organized the Girl Power Empowerment Symposium for Girls at Meade Middle School for all the cluster troops to attend. The program highlighted prominent females that included an introduction by a radio personality followed by presentations from keynote speakers, all experts in their field.
“For the Cadettes, I was most impressed with their Empowerment Symposium for Girls,” Ray said. “Because of their hard work and love for their community, they were awarded a grant from the Girl Scouts of America and Toyota to have this program again for years to come.”
Another Girl Power Symposium hosted by Troop 476 is being planned for Aug. 25. All area Girl Scout troops will be invited.
“I was impressed with all the troops dedication to their community, they performed countless hours of community service as a group and individually,” Ray said.
The 2018 bridging ceremony saw many Scouts rising in the ranks, notably changing the troops’ dynamics in the fall.
“We had three Brownies that moved up to Juniors, five Juniors that moved up to Cadettes, 15 Cadettes that moved up to Seniors and one Senior that moved up to Ambassador,” Ray said.
In August, the Jessup Girl Scout cluster will join with St. Mark United Methodist Church in Hanover to present St. Mark Community Day. A free shredding event is planned for the community that day with more events to be announced and other details forthcoming.
“The girls have served their community, done their part ensure that their community is better because of their service,” Ray said.
“From the youngest Brownie in second grade to the oldest Senior in the 10th grade, they have worked together to prove that they can make a difference.”
In addition to community work, the girls are looking forward to some rest and relaxation, along with a good dose of fun, in the not-so-distant future.
“They are excited for the upcoming year, where they will begin with a cluster camping trip.” Ray said. “Their main objective during this trip will be to build their confidence and become mentors for one another.”
Grace Pointe Community Church of the Nazarene, 61 Gambrills Road in Severn, is hosting a fellowship meal from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. July 18 in the gym.
The dinner will raise money to support the youth mission trip to Florida where they will assist with hurricane relief efforts and participate in other missionary projects.
The cost to attend the fellowship dinner is by donation only. For the menu and other details, visit www.gpccn.org or call GPCCN at 410-987-6777.
JIA yard sale
Jessup Improvement Association will host its annual yard sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 21 at the Jessup Community Center, 2920 Jessup Road. Vendor spaces are 8-feet-by-10-feet and cost $20 with a table or $15 without a table.
Originally scheduled in May, this event was postponed due to adverse weather conditions. For more information, call 410-960-8338 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Mark to hold vacation Bible school
St. Mark United Methodist Church, 1440 Dorsey Road in Hanover, will sponsor a vacation Bible school July 23-27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each evening.
The theme will be “24/7: Every Day Jesus Makes a Way,” presented through meaningful Bible lessons, music and crafts. Dinner will be served each evening. The program concludes with St. Mark’s annual Youth Day Service at 10 a.m. July 29.
Vacation Bible school is open to everyone ages 5 and older (including adults). Pre-register through July 22. For registration forms and additional information, contact Lisa Washington at 443-307-3308 or Patricia Caldwell at 410-255-0860. Volunteers are welcome.