Optimist Club of St. Andrews-Irmo Hosts Girl Scouts

The Optimist Club of St. Andrews-Irmo recently had the privilege of hosting representatives from the Girl Scouts of South Carolina-Mountains to Midlands Council, shedding light on the organization’s contributions to the community.

Lisa Brown, Community Development Manager, and Halfie King, Property and Guest Coordinator, shared insights into the Girl Scouts program, which encompasses 14 troops within the Mountains to Midlands Council, including four in Chapin and ten in Irmo. With over 600 girls actively involved and supported by 200 dedicated adult volunteers, Girl Scouting thrives in the local area.

Attendees learned about the structured age levels within Girl Scouting, ranging from Daisies for Kindergarten to first grade, to Ambassadors for grades 11-12. Similar to the Boy Scouts’ prestigious Eagle Scout Award, Girl Scouts have the opportunity to achieve upper-level awards such as the Bronze, Silver, and Gold awards, symbolizing their commitment to community service and leadership.

A hallmark of the Girl Scouts experience is the extensive array of badges available for girls to earn, covering a diverse range of interests. From outdoor skills to STEM education, the badge system fosters skill development and personal growth, with badges proudly displayed on the girls’ uniforms.

In addition to badge achievements, Girl Scouts participate in cookie sales, providing them with valuable entrepreneurial skills and incentives for their hard work.

Through their involvement in Girl Scouts, girls cultivate essential life skills such as leadership, problem-solving, teamwork, and character development, laying the foundation for future success.

The Optimist Club of St. Andrews-Irmo extends appreciation to Lisa Brown and Halfie King for their presentation, reaffirming the organization’s commitment to empowering youth and fostering positive community engagement.

Photo: Left to right: Club Vice President Gary Boyd, Optimist Speaker Coordinator Steve Odom, Lisa Brown, and Halfie King.