Eight-year old Girl Scouts Ashley Brooks and Kyla Hay scan a grassy hill in Meuse Forest for trash during the Enlisted Spouses Club's fourth annual Clean Up Fort Meade on April 21. Girl Scout troops have been meeting on post since the 1940s. (File photo)

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (May 24, 2012) -- From selling Samoas and Thin Mints at their annual cookie sale to participating in Fort Meade's Family Fun Fair, the Girls Scouts Association on post focuses on building camaraderie and community service.

Scouting "is a great way to bring girls together, promote long-lasting friendships and build camaraderie," said Lorrie Short, the GSA service unit manager on post for the past year.

Girl Scout troops have been meeting on post since the 1940s.

Currently, eight troops with a total of 90 Scouts meet on post. They include:

* The Daisies for kindergarten through first grade: Troops 742, 089 and 1124

* Brownies for grades two and three: Troops 981, 1016 and 1349

* The Juniors for grades four and five: Troop 1302

* Cadets for grades six, seven and eight, combined with the Seniors for grades nine and up: Troop 1364

All troops meet weekly from 6 to 7 p.m.

Troops 742 and 981 meet Mondays at Argonne Hills Chapel Center; Troops 1124, 1016, 1349, 1302 and 1364 meet Tuesdays at the Chapel Center; and Troop 089 meets Thursdays at Heritage Park Neighborhood Center.

A bridging ceremony will held Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. the Chapel Center. Bridging is when girls who reach a certain grade are promoted to the next level of Girl Scouts. For example, the Daisies are promoted to Brownies when they enter the second grade.

In commemoration of the Girl Scouts' 100th anniversary, troops on post are selling tickets to the Baltimore Orioles game when the Orioles take on the Washington Nationals on June 24 at 1:30 p.m. at Oriole Park in Camden Yards.

But the fundraiser that the organization is probably best-known for is the Girl Scouts cookie sale, an annual event that begins in September and ends around November.

On post, Girl Scout Cookies are sold at the Exchange, commissary and 24-hour Shoppette.

The Scouts also participate in Fort Meade community events such as this year's Massing of the Colors on May 6, Family Fun Fair on April 28 and National Night Out on Aug. 7.

They also assisted in sprucing up the housing areas during the Enlisted Spouses Club's fourth annual Clean Up Fort Meade on April 21.

But it's not too late to join next year's group of Girl Scouts. Registration is open. To register, go to gscm.org.

Volunteers are always needed, said Short.

To volunteer or for more information, call Lorrie Short at 410-305-0232.

Editor's note: This is the second in a series of articles designed to highlight Fort Meade's private organizations and share how they contribute to the community.

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