Troops have deal with the city.
Girl Scouts from Ormond Beach help keep Bailey Riverbridge Gardens clean, and On Nov. 23 it was Troop 711, led by Melinda Andrisen, and Troop 1251, led by Kelie Tatro who did the work. See Andrisen’s explanation, “Everyone Benefits.”
By Melinda Andrisen
Living in a small community does have its perks. For instance, when the Girl Scout Leader of Leaders, as I call her, Dana Allen, asked the local Leisure Service Director if the Girl Scouts could use the Recreation Center for their annual International Festival, the response was simple. He’d agree to allow the Girl Scouts to use the building if the Girl Scouts would keep a local park clean year-round. Now, as members of the Adopt-a-Park Program, two troops a month meet at the Bailey Riverbridge Gardens for a park cleanup. Everyone benefits. The girls enjoy their festival in February while the community boasts a clean park all year long.The Scouts also earn a badge for the cleanup. Some troops even incorporate other activities into their meeting like picnics and fishing. Dana said, “Some girls have never fished before. And we always have a handful who catch something.” It’s a community to be proud of; where everyone knows when to give and take a little.