Scouts honor: Towson troop
Jessica Lampron she said when was young, her Girl Scout troop was the only place she could be herself.
“I learned that I can be myself and people will accept me for it. It sounds really cheesy, but Girl Scouts was the only place where I feel like I wasn’t pretending to be anything I’m not,” Lampron, now a freshman elementary education major, said.
Young girls in the Towson area may also get the opportunity to be a part of such a community. Jennifer Moumane, membership and community development specialist for the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, said the Girls Scouts of Central Maryland is starting a Girl Scout troop led by Towson University students, faculty and staff.
“I’m hoping that we will be able to get some faculty and staff to be leaders,” Moumane said. “If any college student, anyone over the age of 18, would like to step up and be a leader, that would be great.”
Moumane said she hopes that the daughters of faculty and staff at the University will take the opportunity to get involved, but any girls in kindergarten though 12th grade can join the new troop.
“My goal would be that any girl K-12 who wants to be in the troop can be in the troop, that we can make a place for her. And we can do that,” she said. “It’s all based on volunteer support.”
Moumane said she wants Towson students to take this opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young girls in their community.
“We volunteer because it’s the right thing to do, that’s the bottom line. And it’s fun,” Moumane said.
Lampron said she can attest to the positive effects of volunteering.
“It was definitely good because I used to be really shy and I feel like leading other girls helped me to come out of my shell,” Lampron said.
Kayla Bentley, a junior at Towson, said in an email that she would also be interested in working with a Girl Scout troop at Towson.
“Working with younger girls will help Towson to understand the mindsets of our youth and offer ways to help them grow and develop within society,” Bentley said. “In order to continue to build our future, it is imperative that we start with our youth.”
Now, the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland are building a group of volunteers for when the troop is established.
Moumane said that two sororities on campus, Sigma Gamma Rho and Kappa Delta, have volunteered their support.
“[Girl Scouts] is the one place where I could be myself, so maybe other people feel like they’re just pretending to be someone right now, and maybe Girl Scouts is where they could find out who they really are,” Lampron said.