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Continued: Burnsville Girl Scout troop builds on leaders' examples

  • Article by: ERIN ADLER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 27, 2013 - 2:00 PM

Morgan Harding and Kelly Below, both troop members and recent Burnsville graduates, said being Girl Scouts improved their leadership skills.

“I think it helps you become strong and independent as a female,” Harding said. “We learned so much. Self-reliance is a big thing.”

Fundaun said she especially appreciated the group’s support when her parents divorced in ninth grade. “Just having somewhere to go to get out of the house during that time was nice,” she said.

‘The ultimate compliment’

Harding said she hopes to lead her own Girl Scout troop beginning this fall, along with fellow troop member Sydney Fulton. The pair were inspired by their own young leaders, Harding said.

“Just knowing Molly and Jenny really helped,” Harding said. “We were like, ‘If they can do it, we can do it.’ ”

Kentala said that for her and Gascoigne, knowing that the girls want to lead a troop is “just the ultimate compliment.” Kentala may look into helping lead a junior high or high school troop in Boston, where she recently moved.

Though they had their last official troop meeting months ago, the group plans to stay in touch as members head off to college this fall. They plan on continuing their holiday sleepover tradition this December, Gascoigne said.

“I know so many of them really well,” Below said. “I think we’re going to stay together.”

Fundaun said she always saw Kentala and Gascoigne as in charge, though they were young.

“They definitely were our mentors before,” Fundaun said. “Now I would just call them friends.”

Erin Adler • 952-746-3283

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  • Five of the seven members of Troop 12040 graduated from Burnsville High School last month. From left: Jenny Gascoigne, Elora Henningsen, Sydney Fulton, Sarah Fundaun, Morgan Harding, Kelly Below, Emily Kaas and Molly Kentala. Member Danielle Diede isn’t pictured.

  • The Brownie troop in second grade. Jenny Gascoigne and Molly Kentala are in the back, second and third from left.

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