IN MANY WAYS, my mother, Marion Koros, helped raise hundreds of girls. She only had three of her own, but as a Girl Scout leader for 19 years, she touched many others. There were the usual lessons in baby-sitting skills and campfire building. Even more importantly, there were the kind words and encouragement that often boosted a fragile sense of self-esteem.
Many of the girls that were Cadettes in my mother's troop are now caring parents and active in the community. When I run into one of these women, they are always eager to share a favorite scouting story.
According to my mother, scouting went way beyond making sit-a-pons and potholders. It went beyond cookie sales, camping trips, mother/daughter fashion shows and Halloween parties. She believed that Girl Scouts exposed young girls to different views and to a wider circle of friends.
You can help your daughter "Discover the World of Girl Scouting" at an informational meeting from 7 to 8 p.m. Sept. 16 at Marley Middle School. The evening will provide an overview of the activities and opportunities available to girls from kindergarten through grade 12. Representatives from the local Girl Scout community will be on hand to answer questions about joining the scouts as well as becoming an adult volunteer.
Membership applications will be available that evening. The fee is $7 per member. Grants are available upon request, based on need. Information: Denise Bell, 410-358-9711, Ext. 222, or Carol Orme, 410-768-9468.
Twenty members of Boy Scout Troop 474 recently discovered an underwater world in the Florida Keys. The scouts, ranging in age from 14 to 16, were accompanied by seven adults on a trip that took them below the surface of the sea. Twelve of the boys, who had been certified in scuba diving prior to the trip, dove as deep as 89 feet. The trip also included a visit to the Florida Everglades National Park.
"It was a thrill," said Scoutmaster Bill Lettau. "They saw things that they've only seen on TV on a Jacques Cousteau program or at the aquarium. They swam with sharks, barracuda, moray eels, giant turtles and hundreds of multicolored fish. The other eight boys, who were certified in snorkeling before the trip, tested their skills in the open water. It was something that few have a chance to try, but many want to try."
Freetown Community Day
For the past seven years, past and current residents of Freetown have celebrated the area's rich heritage with Freetown Community Day. The eighth annual event will run from 11: 30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday on the grounds of Freetown Elementary School.
This year's festivities begin with a parade from the Freetown Villagerecreation center to the school. A band, several step groups and dancers will participate. A variety of games and rides will keep children entertained, while adults can listen to musical entertainment, shop the market area and learn about health at the wellness station.
The day is co-sponsored by the Freetown Improvement Association and Mentors in Alliance for Youth Initiatives. Information: 410-255-9452.
While students have already been welcomed back to school, parents will be heading back within the next couple of weeks. Schools are putting the finishing touches on annual back-to-school nights, where parents can visit classrooms, meet the teachers and hear the overall school plan for the year.
Freetown Elementary, 7904 Freetown Road, will open its doors at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Information: 410-222-6900.
Glen Burnie Park Elementary, 500 Marlboro Road, will play host to parents at 7 p.m. Sept. 15. Information: 410-222-6400.
Glendale Elementary, 105 Carroll Road, will welcome parents at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Information: 410-222-6404.
Marley Elementary, 201 Marley Station Road, will begin with a general PTA meeting at 6: 30 p.m., followed by Back-to-School Night at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Information: 410-222-6414.
Oakwood Elementary, 330 Oak Manor Drive, begins with a general PTA meeting at 6: 30 p.m., followed by Back-to-School Night. Information: 410-222-6420.
Point Pleasant Elementary, 1035 Dumbarton Road, begins the evening with a general PTA meeting at 6: 30 p.m., followed by Back-to-School Night at 7 p.m. Information: 410-222-6425.
Woodside Elementary, 160 Funke Road, will welcome parents at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Information: 410-222-6910.
Corkran Middle School, 7600 Quarterfield Road, has scheduled Back-To-School Night at 7 p.m. Sept. 21. Information: 410-222-6493.
Marley Middle School, 7730 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., begins with a general PTA meeting at 6: 30 tomorrow. Parents can sign up for membership and learn more about the group's efforts for a building renovation or replacement. Back-to-School Night follows at 7 p.m. Information: 410-761-0934.
Glen Burnie High School, 7550 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., will open at 6: 30 p.m. Sept. 30. Information: 410-761-8950.
Pub Date: 9/08/99