Girl Scouting is all about helping kindergartners through 12th-graders build courage, confidence and character so they can help the world become a better place.
Well, area Girl Scouts and their supporters just made the Sauk Valley a better place.
On Saturday, Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois had a grand opening for its newest service center at 229 First Ave., Rock Falls.
The Girl Scouts Service Center is the only one in the immediate area. Previously, the closest service centers to our region were in Freeport and Rockford. Whiteside, Lee, Ogle and Carroll counties are part of the Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois' 16-county region.
The Rock Falls service center came about because of the dedication shown by local volunteers, troop leaders, Scouts and families.
"They've been very vocal about having a Girl Scout presence in their community," according to Ann-Marie Soderstrom, an official with Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois.
And so, Girl Scouts and their supporters in the Sauk Valley now have a place nearby where they can get information about Girl Scouting and shop in a council store that features uniforms, books, badges and other Girl Scout-related merchandise.
The facility has a small meeting area for volunteers as well. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
The Girl Scout program, founded in the U.S. in 1912, has an admirable record of empowering girls by teaching values through activities that promote future success in life.
It speaks well for the Sauk Valley area that Rock Falls was chosen to host a service center.
We hope the facility achieves its goals of providing service, support and encouragement to local Girl Scout troops. Likewise, we encourage the community to give the new service center its strong support.