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Scouts enter busy time of year

TRI-COUNTY AREA—It’s a busy time for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in the area.
The Girl Scouts have just received cookies Saturday, Nov. 7, and will be out selling those. The Boy Scouts are doing Scouting for Food drive this past weekend and collecting the donations this weekend.
Deedee Coriale, co-troop leader of Girl Scouts Troop 550 for Penn Yan and Dundee, said an average troop size is 10 girls. Troop 550 has 11 juniors and four independents. She explained many girls want to be in the troop because they travel a lot.
Coriale said the troop has been working on badges. She added the girls will soon start working on ornaments for Clinton Crest. Also on the agenda is what to do with the money raised from the cookie sales. She explained a portion of the money will go to the Keuka Comfort Home. Coriale said the troop will decide where to go on a trip using the rest of the funds.
Also in the area is Girl Scouts Troop 590. Co-leader Francene Brown said the troop of 11 girls this year is small for them. She explained last year the troop had 19 girls, an average number. When Girl Scouts shifted from age to grade for levels, a number of girls had to leave Troop 590. However, she added the majority of the girls in the troop have been with her for years.
Brown said while cookies sales have only started, pre-sales have taken a small hit due to the economy. She explained a girl usually sells an average of 80 to 130 boxes in pre-sales. However, she said some girls had sold as few as 19 boxes, and one as high as 288. Brown said the February product sales would probably also have a noticeable drop in sales.
Troop 590 will also be volunteering at the Humane Society and Clinton Crest during the holidays.
Jim Koehler, troop leader for the Dundee Boy Scouts, said the troop is active all year round, and not just with weekly meetings. He said the group goes out on Seneca Lake to sail a lot. The boys have also been white water rafting in Pennsylvania and took a trip to the Adirondacks. He explained the troop likes to do a lot of physically active, outdoors events. Koehler said the Boy Scouts also do fundraisers like the chicken barbecue.
However, Koehler added he needs to be doing more recruiting. He said there are 12 members in the troop, with an average of five or six at a weekly meeting. In comparison he said the troop size is down from last year by three scouts. Koehler added seven years ago the troop used to have 30 scouts.
In Hammondsport, there are nine Girl Scout troops currently active. Jeanne Kashorek, service unit leader, explained that number is down one troop from last year. She said the nine troops are two daisy troops, two junior, two cadet, two senior and one ambassador. Kashorek said that is 80 girls total, plus 28 adults. That is one area Kashorek said was also down, leaders.
“We’re always looking for more leaders,” she said.
The Hammondsport Girl Scout troops are staying busy, though. Kashorek explained the girls just started selling cookies. She added the troops are getting books and working on bronze, silver and gold awards. She said they also do camping, mini-golf, corn maze, helping at the Hammondsport food pantry, and will be seeing “Wizard of Oz” at the Clemens Center.
Joan Scott, parent leader of Odessa’s Boy Scout Troop, said the troops’ eight Boy Scouts and 30 Cub Scouts is an average size. She said it is a small troop because Odessa is so small. However, Scott still described the troop as “alive and well in the county.” She explained that Troop 50 is the oldest in the county.
She said the boys do a lot of community service, work on merit badges, and recently went on a camping and hiking trip. Scott added the troop was out this past weekend for the Scouting for Food drive, leaving bags for donations. She explained the troops will be out this upcoming weekend collecting the donations.

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