Junior Girl Scouts made a $600 donation to the Family SWIM Center. Pictured, left to right, are Katheryn Deters, Sadie <br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Albrecht, Hannah Gray, Amelia Solum, Jacine Johanningmeier, Marie Petersen, pool manager Lynn Rostad-Anderson <br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->(receiving the check), Emily Guberud, Gina Lund, Rhiannon Skauge and Kailee Olerud. Not pictured are Addison Deschler, Sydnie Kampschroer and Kyleigh Doering.
Junior Girl Scouts made a $600 donation to the Family SWIM Center. Pictured, left to right, are Katheryn Deters, Sadie

Albrecht, Hannah Gray, Amelia Solum, Jacine Johanningmeier, Marie Petersen, pool manager Lynn Rostad-Anderson

(receiving the check), Emily Guberud, Gina Lund, Rhiannon Skauge and Kailee Olerud. Not pictured are Addison Deschler, Sydnie Kampschroer and Kyleigh Doering.
A definition of an agent is: one who acts or exerts power. The Junior Girl Scouts have been learning about being "Agents of Change" by taking a journey this year focusing on the idea of how to use their power to make changes in the world, be they small or large ones.

In Girl Scouts, power is about acting thoughtfully to make something better.

The last step in a journey is completing a "Take-Action Project" that allows each girl to see herself as an important part of the community.

After brainstorming ideas of where and what to do to help out and make our community a better place, the girls decided to direct their efforts towards the Spring Grove SWIM Center based on an article one of the leaders had read about in the local newspaper highlighting the SWIM Center's need to pay off their debt, purchase a new freezer and do a little landscaping.

The troops invited Lynn Rostad-Anderson, the pool manager, to one of their meetings last February to ask her if anything needed to be accomplished there and what was at the top of the wish list.

She mentioned some great ideas that the girls could think about, and out of those ideas, the two that the girls chose were to paint the bike racks with some lively colored paint and donate towards a new energy-efficient upright freezer for the concession area.

The girls were excited to get started and make these changes happen at a place where they really enjoy spending lots of time in the summer with their friends and family.

The 13 scouts and their leaders got right to work by applying a vibrant red paint on one bike rack and a cheery yellow paint on the other.

These eye-catching bike racks cannot be missed at the entrance area to the pool and match nicely with all of the other festive pool accessories.

The girls' next project was to help purchase a new freezer. They chose this as their goal to work towards while selling cookies last February and March.

From the profits of those cookie sales, they were able to give a $600 donation for the new freezer that was ordered and put into place before the pool opened this season.

Manager Rostad was really appreciative and commented that this new freezer will save energy and make it easier for the workers to pick out a treat in a timely fashion because of the easier access of the upright style.

To celebrate, the Junior Girl Scouts had a swim day with free treats after presenting the big check to Lynn for the SWIM Center freezer.

The Juniors' generous spirit and power are evident when they accomplish things as a team and are doing their part to take action and make our community better, one journey at a time. The leaders are very proud of the Girl Scouts and their willingness to always jump right in and help out.

Upcoming fund-raiser today!

The Junior Scouts' next project is serving concessions at the Music-in-the-Park outdoor concert this Wednesday evening, July 18 at the Viking Memorial Park.

Please come and enjoy a meal, a night away from having to cook, while listening to the Country Cousins band. Concessions start at 6 p.m., music begins at 6:30 p.m.