Girl Scouts find fun and make friends

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Megan Heisz of Footville places some feathers and colored stones on the purse she designed while participating in the Girl Scout Art Exploration program in Beloit Thursday. The event was one of the summer activities lined up for Scouts in the Girls Scouts of Wisconsin-Badgerland Council area.

For most little girls, there’s just something fun about getting a new purse.

And if they get to design it themselves, all the better.

Perhaps that explains the level of concentration at the Girl Scout Center in Beloit Thursday as close to 30 girls from surrounding communities participated in a Girl Scout Art Exploration program.

One of the afternoon projects was to create purses out of Tyvek construction material, said Courtney Feuquay, Troops and Resources Program Manager for Girl Scouts of Wisconsin- Badgerland Council.

The day’s events were among the summer activities for Scouts, said Feuquay, who rotates to various Girl Scout communities in the council with activities for the girls. On Monday, she would be coming back to head a horseback riding activity which will occur in Delavan, she said.

Feuquay comes up with programs and materials for the participants.

“I get to develop programs and work with local organizations that have opportunities for resources,” she said.

The material for the purses made on this day can be obtained from construction companies, she said. Pieces of Tyvek were heated together and sealed and then turned inside out. The girls could then decorate their creations with colored plastic stones, feathers and more. They also made handles or straps out of yarn and other materials.

Earlier in the day, the Scouts also made clay pots.

Parent Michelle Kjelland of Footville was on hand as a volunteer Thursday to help with the projects in Beloit. She also helps out the Footville troop when they have activities at home.

Scouting has opened doors for her daughter, Emily Kjelland, 9, she said.

“She’s learned to grow as an individual and she’s met a lot of people,” through the organization, Michelle Kjelland said.

Through cookie sales, she has gotten to know people in the community and through events like the art exploration day, she has gotten to know girls from other troops as well, she said.

As her daughter finished a purse, she said of the project: “I think they’re having a blast today.”

Girls Scouts from Beloit, Clinton, Footville, Janesville and Orfordville were among those participating in the Art Exploration program Thursday at the Girl Scout Center in Beloit. They are pictured making purses out of Tyvek construction material.

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