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|Girl Scouts merge three councils|
The Girl Scouts Silver Waters Council has merged with two others to form one council that will represent 42 parishes.
The Silver Waters Council will merge with the Pelican Council of Shreveport and the Bayou Council of Lafayette to serve 10,000 girls in a 42-parish area.
According to Sue Sewall, CEO of Girl Scouts of Louisiana, the national organization decided to embark on efforts to modernize girl scouting to focus on more leadership development for girls in the 21st century.
Girl Scouts councils across the nation are being realigned and adding new leadership programs as well as improving its volunteer systems.
"This is our 50th anniversary of girl scouting. A lot of things have changed in these past 50 years, and it's time for us to look at different ways to operate," Sewall said Monday during a news conference to announce the merger of the three Girl Scouts councils.
"We've looked at how to change this good organization into a great organization, and part of the purpose of this merger is to have more resources so our girls will have better programs," Sewall said. "I cannot imagine a task (for Girl Scouts) more important than this one because girl scouting is where girls become leaders, and we are building the leaders of tomorrow."
The changes have been designed to deliver a program that focuses on Girl Scouts' core strength of leadership development as well as offer programs that benefit girls, families and the communities where they live, according to Sewall.
"This is an old organization, but we're starting from scratch," said Emma Price, chairwoman of the board of directors for Girl Scouts of Louisiana. "I really think we can become a Girl Scout council that other councils will want to model."
Rep. Kay Katz said she is excited about the merger by the councils and expects great possibilities to emerge from this endeavor.
"We value the past, but we cannot live in it," said Katz, R-Monroe. "We must continue to grow and make changes, and I think this combination will lead to bigger and better things and more opportunities."
I know this will be grand for girl scouting in Louisiana," she said.