Girl Scouts Push On Through Coronavirus

 

Lisa Patrick

The Ashland Beacon

   School has started and fall is upon us. This is the time of year that Girl Scout troops everywhere look forward to. The weather is perfect for hiking, camping, and making s’mores. New scouts sign up and little girls all over the country get to once again meet up in groups with their friends both old and new. This year, because of COVID 19, most scout troops cannot meet up together but that does not mean that Girl Scouts is canceled - at least not in our local area.

   Karen Conn Pierzala and the local Girl Scout Wilderness Council, have come up with some plans to keep local Girl Scouts happy, active, and still earning patches despite the strict precautions placed upon them. Pierzala said that, “for now, we are keeping a lot of our events either virtual or outdoors.” Due to COVID, “we are trying to be extra cautious for a while.”

    Karen, who is also a yoga instructor at locally-owned Eternal Yoga, will be teaching two of these events herself. The first begins this Thursday at 5 p.m. with an online yoga class done through Zoom that is exclusively for Girl Scouts. These online yoga classes will be offered on the third Thursday of each month from September through May. Each online session will last for about 45 minutes. Karen will be incorporating traditional Girl Scout activities into the sessions. She plans to “play yoga games, sing yoga songs, and have lots of fun with our breath and movement” with the girls each month. These sessions are free for Girl Scouts and the registration is required. Karen can teach up to 50 girls through Zoom during these classes that are free for the girls.

   Another yoga event that Pierzala has planned for the girls is a yoga hike on October 10. Yoga hikes are an activity that Karen personally introduced to the local area over the course of this past summer. The yoga hike for the Girl Scouts “will begin with a brief meditation to prepare for our hike” before hiking the length of the Iron Ore Trail. Throughout the course, the hikers will stop at some of the larger areas of the trail for “yoga breaks.” This particular hike will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and is $10 for Girl Scouts and $15 for tagalongs. Due to COVID restrictions, there will be a maximum of 25 Girl Scouts and tagalongs allowed at this event. Registration is required and ends on September 28.

   The Girl Scouts also have plans for girls to be able to do virtual projects to earn patches and plan to have some activities planned where girls can meet up at a designated place in small groups and work on earning their journeys.

   One of the virtual events is a Daisy Petal series where, for the petal cost of $20, Daisy Scouts (kindergarten and first grade) will be able to log onto their computer and watch videos to earn all of their petals for their uniform. All events, including virtual events, have to be registered for in advance so that supplies can be mailed to those wishing to participate.

   Girl Scouts can register for these events and others by going to www.gskentucky.org or by calling 1.800.475.2621.


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