By RORYE O’CONNOR
MT. VERNON — Jefferson County Girl Scouts rang in the new year in style, with karaoke, crafts and snacks.
About 50 of Jefferson County’s 400 Girl Scouts, Brownies, Daisies, Juniors and Cadets came together Wednesday evening at the Girl Scout Little House to play games, sing karaoke, make jewelry, new year’s noisemakers, foam winter scenes, pizza and decorate cookies.
“This is our first new year’s celebration,” said leader Julia Merriman. “It’s an inexpensive way to bring in the new year.”
Girl Scouts enjoyed the different activities in the Little House, roaming from the kitchen to the nook where they sang songs with a karaoke machine. In the kitchen, Daisies, Brownies and Scouts arranged English muffins on a baking sheet, deciding whether to add pepperoni and debating the merits of Mexican cheese as opposed to Monterey Jack.
Cristia Zimmerly, 13, a Cadet, was helping some of the younger Scouts in the kitchen with the pizza, along with Girl Scout parent Cristal Webster.
Zimmerly, who has been in the Scouts for 12 years, said she has a good time at events like the Wednesday evening get-together.
“I like it,” she said. “It helps me become a better role model for the kids and a better girl.”
Scouts who attended the event were also encouraged to bring in winter gear like gloves and hats for students in need in Jefferson County.
Merriman said the Jefferson County Girl Scouts from various troops have made a goal to meet twice a month at events like the new year’s party.
“Next month, we’re doing a winter wonderland, and in February, we’re having a father-daughter dance,” said troop leader Donna McGehee. “It’s fun to see the dads dance with their Scouts. We try to get the whole family involved.”
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