Girl Scouts see resurgence in Beacon Hill, Back Bay

November 13, 2012

For the first time in more than a decade, girls living in Beacon Hill, the Back Bay and surrounding neighborhoods have the opportunity to participate in the Girl Scouts of America.

Several troops have been formed, thanks to a network of mothers who initiated the program locally and are volunteering as troop leaders, with training and support provided by the Girl Scouts of Eastern MA.

Seventy-five girls and 16 troop leaders attended the kick-off meeting on Sept. 17 at The Church of the Advent in Beacon Hill. The girls represent 14 different schools, with grade levels spanning kindergarten through fifth grade. They’re organized into several different troops, including Daisies, Brownies and Juniors.

“The local troops provide an opportunity for girls to meet other girls in their neighborhoods in a positive, supportive and fun environment,” said Tara Gohlmann of Beacon Hill, who led the charge to form the local troops, along with fellow Hill resident Michelle Vilms and Laura Fleming of the Back Bay.”We had a terrific response, and we’re appreciative of all of our volunteers’ time, the expertise provided by the Girl

Scouts staff and the generous donation of the meeting space by The Church of the Advent.”

The troops are planning a range of activities over the coming year, including crafts, community service and camping, among other activities. Additional families interested in enrolling for the next session, which begins in January, can contact Tara Gohlmann at

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