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CASA GRANDE — With a free virtual animal dance party on Monday, Nov. 23, Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona hope to introduce area young people to the fun of scouting.

During the event, girls in kindergarten through fifth grade will dance, have animal theme fun and learn more about scouting.

The event is one of the new ways that the organization has created amid COVID-19 to encourage girls to get involved and become a member, said Beverly Gomez Arriaga, community development specialist for the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona.

Girls may join as an individual member, become part of an in-person troop or take part in hybrid or virtual troops.

“Our virtual troops are staff-supported and of course, we are always welcoming and ready to train new volunteers to start their own troops,” Arriaga said.

No matter how they choose to become a Girl Scout, members will have various programs and activities to participate in, including some that are conducted safely in person, according to Arriaga.

“The spring programs are soon to be added to the calendar too,” she said. “And of course, cookies are almost here. There are also many virtual opportunities locally and nationally through our Girl Scouts at Home on our GSUSA website.”

In Casa Grande, a new area teem recruitment manager, Jazmynn McDonald, who is also leader of Troop 381, is working with Arriaga and Troop Leader Deanna Smith to host the free virtual animal dance party on Nov. 23.

“Girls in kindergarten through fifth grade can join in the fun and bring their parents along. They’ll learn more about what Girl Scouts has to offer and hear from the troop leaders about local troop activities that are in-person and virtual,” Arriaga said.

Through the event, girls and their families will learn more about the world of Girl Scouting and meet local troop leaders.

“At Girl Scouts, everything centers on the girl,” a press release about the event said. “Our program is designed by, with and for girls, giving girls the opportunity to take on leadership roles and learn by doing in a cooperative learning environment.”

The dance party will be held on Zoom from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 23. For more information, contact McDonald at jazzy_1992@yahoo.com.

To take part in the dance party, girls must preregister online at https://girlscoutssoaz.doubleknot.com/event/casa-grande-animal-dance-party/2755302.

A Zoom link will be sent the morning of the event.

Young people will also find free activities including crafts, STEM projects and other at-home activities online at: www.girlscouts.org/en/girl-scouts-at-home/activities-for-girls.html.

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Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at mstaude@pinalcentral.com.

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