HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- First Lady Michelle Obama has helped launch a national campaign in order to help increase enrollment for Girl Scouts. The campaign includes a push to social media as well as open houses across the country.
Local troop leader, Beth Raynes, said some girls have been on waitlists to join a troop for two or more years. Raynes said what the organization needs is parents, grandparents, and friends to get involved and volunteer to lead.
The troops have also changed the format of their meetings. They are scheduling their gatherings around sports and other activities to make both a priority.
Raynes originally volunteered because her daughters did not have a leader. Now she helps lead two troops with girls from fourth grade to twelfth grade
"This starts my seventeenth year of girl scouting as a troop leader and what I can say I have gotten out of it is probably so much more than what the girls have gotten out of it.. the girls grow into young ladies," said Raynes.
Raynes said that applying to be a troop leader has become even easier because a lot of the background forms are now done online.
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