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Girl Scouts looking for members, volunteers

Girls Scouts of Greater Atlanta are hosting its annual National Recruitment Week through Oct. 7. To be a part of the group visit www.girlscouts.org. (Special Photo)

Girls Scouts of Greater Atlanta are hosting its annual National Recruitment Week through Oct. 7. To be a part of the group visit www.girlscouts.org. (Special Photo)

McDONOUGH — Mariyum Khan, 18, is a lifelong member of the Girl Scouts.

The former Eagle’s Landing High School student credits the scouts with helping to change her life in several ways.

“I come from a very protective culture,” she said. “I had to convince my parents to be in Girl Scouts.”

The turning point, she said, came in fifth grade when an overnight trip to Savannah with her troop was proposed.

“I finally asked my parents if I could go,” Khan said. “It took some convincing and talks with my teacher, but they said yes.”

That trip opened a lifetime of doors for Khan who is now attending Mercer University in Macon and living on campus. Living there, she said, was something she would not have been able to do if not for the Girl Scouts.

“The scouts really helped my family come out of their shell,” Khan said.

While Khan celebrates her first year of college, the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta are celebrating their annual National Recruitment Week.

“We’re reaching out to parents, caregivers and future volunteers about the benefits of being a Girl Scout,” said Sophie Singer, from the Girl Scouts.

There are 74 troops in Henry County and approximately 1,478 scouts and volunteers in the area.

“Girl Scouts provides girls the opportunity to make friends, have new adventures and do extraordinary things,” Singer said.

Khan said scouting has given her “the ability to grow and become a leader and be successful.”

The college freshman is majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry and is on track to become a physician’s assistant.

“I plan to continue with Girl Scouts and would love to have my own troop one day,” Khan said.

Visit www.girlscouts.org to learn how to join and volunteer in a local troop.