March 30, 2013

Answering the call of the wild


---- — KEESEVILLE — Keeseville Girl Scout Troop 4120 has a delectable plan for its community-service project.

Central are the sale of the ubiquitous Girl Scout cookies to raise $200.

With the money, the scouts are hosting a spaghetti dinner from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Keeseville Elks Lodge 2072.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge in Wilmington.

“The girls have an interest in wildlife, animals and taking care of animals as part of a community-service project,” said Brian Leighton, who co-leads the troop with Kelly Strange.

“Wendy and Steven Hall run the refuge and rescue injured wild animals and re-release them into the wild once they are better.”

The project allows the 10 girls in the troop to learn to be leaders. 

“They wanted to take part in a benefit dinner to raise money for the refuge,” Leighton said. “This event has been planned and run exclusively by the girls in the troop, which are basically fourth- and fifth-grade girls.

“I have given them a little bit of guidance, and the Elks Lodge has worked with them as well. We have been learning about budgeting, marketing and the whole works.”

Event planning was a group process.

“I want to help the pets, so they can get home and help them feel better,” said Carmela Aquino. “Me and the Girl Scouts hope a lot of people attend for a good cause.”

Kaitlyn Strange’s favorite Adirondack wildlife is the wolf.

“Because they hunt a lot, and they are interesting to read about,” Strange said. 

Mackenzie Leighton said it’s been really busy.

“We have to plan out a budget and how much we’re going to spend. And we had to reach our goal of how much money we needed to do that,” she said.

Sadie Bell likes zebras because of their stripes, but in the Adirondacks she favors the wolf. Of the injured animals at the refuge, she said, “They are as important as people.”

“All the proceeds go to the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge,” Mr. Leighton said. “What we plan on during the following weekend is to take a trip to them and present them with the money.”

In June, the troop will travel to the New York State Zoo in Watertown.

“They will participate in the junior zoo-keeping program they put on, so they can see what goes on in a zoo and animal care,” he said.

Email Robin

IF YOU GO WHAT: Keeseville Girl Scouts Troop 4120 sponsors a spaghetti dinner to benefit the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge. WHEN: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6. WHERE: Keeseville Elks Lodge 2072, 1 Elks Lane, Keeseville. COST: $5 per plate. CONTACT: 834-2072