Just the other day, I was helping my oldest daughter organize some of her books and other belongings in her bedroom.
One item that caught my attention was a Scouting handbook used by her Brownie troop.
This was a book I had browsed from time to time, but on this particular day I found myself wanting to explore more thoroughly the contents behind the bright attractive cover.
As I flipped through the pages, I remembered my days as a Brownie Scout. I gasped as I realized that was well over 25 years ago.
Clearing the cobwebs, I had vivid memories of the fun my fellow Brownies and I had hiking, camping, making s'mores (those graham cracker, toasted marshmallow and chocolate goodies) and doing all sorts of crafts.
I also thought about my Brownie leader and how much of her time she gave to our closely knit group. Her generous nature certainly made an impression on me.
Then my thoughts turned to my daughter and how lucky she was to benefit from the same type of caring and thoughtful leadership.
She is one of so many Carroll County youth who are exposed to the best of the best -- those individuals who unselfishly give their time and share their talents to help our children experience Scouting.
Scouting is one of those rare activities that teach a variety of skills and focus attention on the importance of God, country and others.
The words in the Girl Scout law say it best.
"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 protect and improve the world around me, to show respect for myself and others through my words and actions."
Think how wonderful it would be if everyone subscribed to this way of thinking.
Boy and Girl Scout troops throughout the county are always open to new members.
Saturday, boys 7 to 18 will have an opportunity to see what Scouting has to offer. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Boy Scout Awareness Day will take place at Cranberry Mall.
Lisa Walter, chairwoman of the event, said this is the third year for the mall show, which features informational booths and exhibits.
"This is an opportunity for the kids to come out and share with the community what they have been doing in their troops," Mrs. Walter said. "The mall show helps us promote community involvement, recruit more boys and share the values of Scouting."
Last year, more than 20 Carroll County units participated in the event. Mrs. Walter said she expects the same number to participate this year.
If your troop would like to take part in Boy Scout Awareness Day, call 239-9530.
The Carroll County Arts Council is asking you to have a heart for the arts as Valentine's Day approaches.
In an effort to raise funds for the arts in the county, the council is sponsoring a jazz concert at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Westminster High School auditorium.
"We have done fund-raisers in the past, but this is our first event ever where we have done a performing arts type of fund-raiser for the arts," said Hilary Pierce, the council's executive director. "The event is being sponsored by Carroll County Bank and Trust Co. Our goal is to raise $4,000. My hope is that, with this event, we will come close or exceed it."
Featured performers for the program include the Carroll County Jazz Ensemble, directed by Glenn Patterson, supervisor of music and art for Carroll County public schools.
Joining the Jazz Ensemble will be The Capitol Bones, Kai Winding Jazz Trombone and Ensemble Competition winners.
"We want people to consider this as a Valentine evening out. That's why we called it 'Have a Heart for the Arts,' " Ms. Pierce said. "It will be a wonderful program, with music from the '30s and '40s."
Adult tickets are $5, $4 for seniors and $3 for students.
Tickets are available today and tomorrow at Lauman's Florist, the Flower Box, Coffey Music, Stu's Music, Hess Music and Reindollar Hardware, and will be sold at the door.