A membership rally for school-aged girls from kindergarten to high school will be held at 6:30 p.m. today in the Family Life Center of Austin Avenue Church of Christ.

“A team of Girl Scout staff members joined Judge Steve Ellis last week to recruit at Brownwood schools for both Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts,” Lana Webb, administrative assistant and volunteer services specialist, said.

Girls and their parents with an interest in the program are invited to the membership rally, where craft activities and games will be available for the girls while parents are hearing about the benefits of Girl Scouting and signing up for their daughters for the program.

“Girls may choose from several pathways through which they can participate,” Webb said. “They can join the traditional Girl Scout troop or interest groups, or they can register through the summer resident camp, events or trips.”

Although most people think of cookies, camping and crafts when they think of Girl Scouting, Webb said the goal of the Girl Scout organization is to teach girls three other “c’s” - courage, confidence and character.

“In Girl Scouts, girls will learn to ‘discover’ themselves, ‘connect’ with members of their teams - troops, school, family, community - and ‘take action’ to address the needs and problems they identify in their communities,” Webb said. “When you add ‘discover’ to ‘connect’ to ‘take action,’ you get girls who have developed strong leadership skills who will achieve the Girl Scout mission of making the world a better place.”

Webb said Girl Scouting is divided into several groups: Daisy for kindergarten and first graders, Brownie for second and third graders, Junior for fourth and fifth graders, Cadette for sixth through eighth graders, Senior for ninth and 10th graders, and Ambassador for 11th and 12th graders.

Anyone unable to attend today’s rally may contact the Girl Scout office at 646-1516 or (800) 346-3215 or drop by the office at 1200 Ave. D from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday.