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Girl Scouts Return to the Upper Kuskokwim


Girl Scouts returns to serve girls in Iditarod School District after 10 years. 

Girl Scouts of Alaska (GSAK) has absorbed the Iditarod School District into its service area, returning to serve communities there after 10 years. Girl Scouts is returning to the area with new and refreshed programming and camp to serve all girls in grades K-12. Girl Scouts is the premier leadership program, exclusively tailored to girls, in Alaska.

The Girl Scouts has had a presence in the Upper Kuskokwim since the 1950s when a troop was formed in Holy Cross. The Girl Scout Mission remains unchanged since the 50s; to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of Alaska is making sure that every girl has the opportunity to participate and will provide financial assistance to those who qualify. Startup funds for troops will also be available. 

Leslie Ridle, CEO at Girl Scouts of Alaska, is excited to bring Girl Scouts back to the region, “We are thrilled to be returning to serve girls within the Iditarod School District. We look forward to giving girls an opportunity and confidence to be themselves, learn, and grow.”

This summer, Girl Scouts of Alaska will provide programming to girls through day camps. Girls will take part in hands-on activities focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), community service, leadership, and outdoor education. 

Vicki Otte, former CEO of MTNT, Limited, is looking forward to seeing Girl Scouts back in her hometown of McGrath, “As a lifelong Girl Scout who grew up in McGrath, I can attest to the vibrancy that Girl Scouts brought to girls in our region. We had troops, enriching programs, and magical summer camps. Our girls had mentors, safe spaces, and girls knew that they were a part of a bigger movement. I can’t wait to see that brought back.”

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