Highland County Girl Scouts Celebrate Girl Scout Sunday with Awards

Troops from the Highland County Girl Scouts gathered together on April 28 to celebrate Girl Scout Sunday and receive their group badges for the year. Mary Dowdy, who organizes the troops along with other leaders gave some information on the troops and their long-standing existence in Highland:


“This is about the 46th consecutive year that girl scouts have continued on in Highland County,” said Dowdy. “There were girl scouts before that, but only in short little blurps of time. When I was a child in 1963 there were girl scouts, but they faded due to lack of leadership. It was revived again in 1978 and from that time through today it has continued on. This is a special year because 40 years ago, in Highland County, we had the very first Daisy Girl Scout Troop in the country. That’s why our troop number for Daisies is 1001. Highland County is also unique because we travel a lot with the girls, they had opportunities to go to Savannah and D.C. in the last two years, and we’ve been to London, Austria, Switzerland, Germany.”


Monterey United Methodist Church, with Pastor Bobbie Jo Gardner, hosted the event which included a sermon based on service, a topic the Highland County Girl Scouts are well-versed in. 

There was also a covered dish meal, with the Girl Scouts blessing the food by singing Johnny Appleseed.


A badge ceremony was held after the fellowship meal, with cookie sale prizes given. Addison Sponaugle took home the top prize for this year. 

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Brit Chambers

Brit Chambers is a resident of Highland County, Virginia and a news reporter for Allegheny Mountain Radio. She loves living in a small town and relishes the outdoor adventures and community feeling that Highland has to offer. Brit has a background in journalism, marketing, and public relations and spends her free time reading good books, baking sourdough bread, and hiking with her family.

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