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47 Carol Creech sees it time after time. Young girls coming to the Girl Scouts for the first time shy away from participating. Instead, they sit in a corner and just listen. After a couple of months, that totally changes, and the girls are throwing out ideas for service projects and asking what they can do next for their community. That's what the 34-year-old Mrs. Creech likes best about the Girl Scouting program. "It's opened them up to where they're not as shy," she said. "Little girls are shy. And then they're lead- ing the way, asking what can they do to help and can they do this and can they do that. They always want to help do something. "It's giving them confidence. I can see a big change in them just in a few months of being in Girl Scouts. When they first join, they want to sit and listen and look, but not touch. After a few months, they are soar- ing for the mountains." As a young girl of about 8, Mrs. Creech joined Girl Scouts herself. "It made me like Scouting and made me want to do stuff outside," she said. "I wanted to join to see what it had to offer." When she had a daughter of her own who also wanted to join Girl Scouts, Mrs. Creech looked around for one, but there was not a troop in Pikeville, where she lives. So she started a troop of Daisies and Brownies, Troop 4396, for girls in kindergarten through third grade. "Samantha, 6, saw her brother doing things in Cub Scouts, so she wanted to join Girl Scouts to do the girl-part of Scouting," Mrs. Creech said. This is her second year of having a Girl Scout troop. The girls meet weekly at Antioch Origi- nal Free Will Baptist Church. The Daisies and Brownies have already taken part in several activities and done several service projects. A big one was helping with the Tree of Warmth. "We did some crafts and decorated a tree with scarves and mittens and hats," Mrs. Creech said. "Then we donated them to the Soup Kitchen. "We donated canned goods to the Soup Kitchen, too. And we decorated cupcakes to donate to the Soup Kitchen. The girls loved doing that. And they had a ball making cupcakes." Isabelle Holloman, 6, Isabella West, 7, and Samantha Creech, 6, sell Girl Scout cookies in front of Lowe's. More to Girl Scouts than Girl Scouts learn to serve their community and to turn caring into action with the many programs and fundraising activities the little women come up with. Story by Becky Barclay Photos by Casey Mozingo Parents and Girl Scouts from Troop 4396 work at their cookie booth set up in front of Lowe's. See GIRL SCOUTS, Page 48 Carol Creech helps her daughter Samantha, 6, with a sale at Troop 4396's cookie booth set up in front of Lowe's. 'Thin mints'

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