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August 20, 2014, 10:34 am

Girl Scouts embrace ‘Green’ projects

Recent months have been busy for the Northwest Philadelphia chapter of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania.

Last week, the group brought items they no longer needed for a special flea market. The event was held at the Allens Lane Arts Center located at 601 W. Allens Lane in West Mount Airy last Saturday.

The flea market was one of the many activities for the local chapter. The initiative was their project for the Girl Scouts’ “Forever Green Initiative” throughout the month of May. During April they participated in an expo and attended a Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast. They will also participate in the National Trails Day in Valley Forge Park on Saturday, June 2.

“We are looking for Girl Scouts of all ages (from 5 to 95) to pick a section of the Appalachian Trail to hike in honor of our 100th anniversary,” said Jennifer P. Fister of the Girl Scouts. “Our hiking journey starts Monday, March 12 and ends Wednesday, Oct. 31. Our event’s honorary chair is Mary ‘Mama Boots’ Sanders. (She) inspired this celebratory hike.

“As a Girl Scout leader in Kentucky she began hiking and backpacking the Appalachian Trail in the early 1970s. Over the course of nearly 20 years, accompanied by groups of Girl Scout girls and adults, she eventually hiked the entire 2000-plus miles of the trail in bits and pieces or section-hiking,” Fister added.

Local girls will be able to meet Sanders during the month of July. This will be the Great Girl Scout Hike “Mid-Summer Mid-Trail Meet” t o be held at the Pine Grove Sate Furnace Park in Pennsylvania. There they will learn about local wildlife, plants, swimming, and, of course, the Appalachian trails.

GSEP serves over 41,000 girls ages 5 to 17, including dozens in Northwest Philadelphia. They also have chapters in Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery and Northampton in addition to the Philadelphia chapters. They are a volunteer-based nonprofit organization with over 14,000 adult volunteers. Nationally, near 4 million girls and adult volunteers enjoy the Girl Scout experience.

The Allens Lane Art Center has many programs on its campus including the Girl Scouts. They also have the Allens Lane Art Center’s Summer Art Camp for campers ages 5 to 12. The camp for 2012 will run from Monday, June 25 to Friday, Aug. 17.

There will be an Open House for the camp at the facility on Sunday, May 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This will be followed by a Parent Orientation on Sunday, June 3 at 1 p.m. For more information about either the Girl Scouts or the Allens Lane Art Center’s Summer Camp call (215) 248-0559.