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August 3, 2011

Girl Scouts holding Penny Project

Woodward, Okla. — While some may not think pennies are worth a lot, the members of Girl Scout Service Unit 630 feel otherwise.

The Girl Scouts are holding a Penny Project fundraiser and will be collecting loose change throughout August and again in November through March 2012 to fund a number of projects.

They are not collecting in September and October due to the United Fund blackout dates.

Girl Scout Unit Director Stacy Harper, there will be donation buckets set up at businesses in Woodward.

“We are wanting to use the Penny Project funds at Camp Akila and this March will be the 100th birthday for the Girl Scouts,” Harper said.

Camp Akila is located on the north side of Boiling Springs State Park.

“There is really nothing out there (at Camp Akila) but landscape,” Harper said, noting the camp hasn’t been used in years.

She said a lot of work needs to be done to the area.

“We need to get it cleaned up. We need to mow and spray because the stickers are terrible out there,” Harper said. “Trees also need to be cut down or cut back.”

Some safety measures are also needed.

“There are safety issues like power lines down so we can’t even have the girls out there yet cleaning up,” she said.

Harper said it would be the fall before the temperature cools down and they are able to get out to the camp and start cleaning.

Harper has some ideas for improvements at the site.

“We are wanting to put an awning type shelter out there in case we’re out there during bad weather,” Harper said. We are also wanting to get running water out there ran from the Boy Scouts’ line.”

Harper said the work will be an “ongoing project” and she is not sure on the total cost.

Girl Scouts around the world are raising money to have a 100th birthday celebration.

“We just want it to be a big celebration with games and activities,” Harper said. “We are also wanting to be a family event at no cost to them.”

For more information on making a donation to the Girl Scout Service Unit 630, Stacy Harper can be reached at (580) 216-0638 or stacyharper73801@yahoo.com

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