Girls Scouts kick Off Their New Year At Horseman’s Park

By Jim Nickerson

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(Apple Valley )– Over 500 Girl Scouts and volunteers from High Desert communities gathered for a picnic at Horseman’s Center Park in Apple Valley for registration, team building exercises, education on Fall product sales and a whole lot of fun.  The event marked the beginning of the Girl Scout year.  Girls registered for the new year of scouting, participated in sharing activities and learned about new products for this year.

After the flag raising ceremonies the girls started their Team Building activities, with each activity focusing on a particular area of Girl Scouting.  Each participant also brought a food donation for the High Desert Homeless Shelter and learned about protecting the environment through the “Leave No Trace” program.

Charlene Engeron, the High Desert Co-Regional Manager of Product Sales, who helped to organize the event also arranged for Mayor Scott Nassif and Mayor Pro-Tem Barb Stanton of Apple Valley to attend and act as judges for the pie and jam contest. High Desert Homeless Shelter board member Tom Brown and Girl Scout Council board members Andy Avery and Brenda Keeling were also seated on the judging panel.

Musical entertainment for the event was provided by Matthew Hubbard DJ Services.

Devon Spire, Product Sales Manager for the San Gorgonio Girl Scout Council, said the challenges of such a geographically large district, from Palm Springs to the High Desert, sometimes seemed daunting, but the rewards were worth it.  While almost everyone knows about Girl Scout Cookies, fewer people know that the Girl Scouts also sell Ashton Farms Candy and Nuts and work with QSP Online Order Program for magazines as additional fundraisers for the troops.  The Council also teaches the girls Internet Safety.

Scouting has been teaching girls aged 5 to 17 life values since 1912.  The San Gorgonio council was formed a decade later to serve girls in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.  Over 50 Million women in the United States are Girl Scout Alumni, with more and more added every year.  Interested parties can find out more by visiting the San Gorgonio Council website at

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