Girls-Only Troupe Performs ‘Zombie Mine’ During Halloween Season

A few weeks ago, I told you about the only all-girl BSA scout troop in Abilene. Here is a bit more information about their activities.

They just wrapped up Haunted Forest activities at Camp Tonkawa, putting on a “zombie mine” show for Cubs and their families. The entire show was written and performed by cast members. They also participated in the haunted house and other activities throughout the day.

They also just finished the annual popcorn sale, earning some of their own money to save parents from having to dip into their own pockets for Scouting activities.

Of course, they are working individually and as a group on their next tier, with the goal of getting everyone up to first class as soon as possible.

For higher grades, one thing they will need are ideas and opportunities for service projects. The lower ranks need fairly simple things – garbage collection, helping with community events, lawn care or minor maintenance, etc. Older people need bigger projects that they can plan and execute from start to finish. If you or your organization need such help, contact them (or any Texas Trails Council troop or pack). The council office can help with contacts; reach them at 325-677-2688.

Last I heard, the troupe had 14 girls. Chief Helen Harris reports that they have good camaraderie among members – and sometimes with boy troupes.

Other all-female troops are located in Lampasas, Breckenridge and Brownwood. Contact them through the council office (number listed above). Or, if you want an all-female troupe for your town, the council can help you get started.

Events to come

  • Tot Spot Art Class for Preschoolers, 9:30 or 11 a.m. Thursday or Friday, The Grace Museum, 102 Cypress St., Abilene. Free for Grace members, $7 per child for others. The adult must accompany the child (at no additional cost). Register on under the “Classes and Events” tab; walk-ins are also welcome. 325-673-4587.
  • BSA Scouts Order of the Arrow Scholarship Weekend, Friday-Sunday, Camp Tonkawa. $30 per person. All entries must be received by noon on November 4th. Be ready for tent camping. Bobby Goodson, 706-346-0599 or [email protected]
  • Outdoor leader training for adult leaders of Cub Scouts and BSA Scouts, Saturday-Sunday, Camp Billy Gibbons. $25 per adult. The course starts at 8:30 a.m. on November 5; overnight camping available from November 4th. The fee covers lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday. Cliff Coan, [email protected]
  • Training for new Girl Scout leaders, Sunday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (registration deadline passed; check availability). No charges; virtual event open to leaders of any council. Register on under the “Events” calendar. Direct your questions to Shannon Spencer, 806-589-5950 or [email protected]
  • BSA Cub/Scout Adult Leaders Roundtable, 7:00 p.m. Nov. 10, Highland Church of Christ, 425 Highland Ave., Abilene (one block west of Sayles Boulevard). 325-677-2688.
  • Let’s Go 3: Outdoor Training for Adult Leaders of the Central Texas Council Girl Scouts, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 11. $15 per person; the deadline has passed, check availability. (Must have completed Let’s Go 1 and Let’s Go 2. Register on
  • under the “Events” calendar; scroll to date. Girl Scout cookie chair Q&A, 2-4 p.m. Nov. 13. Virtual event for Texas Oklahoma Plains Council members. No charges; register on under the “Events” calendar.
  • National Center for Illustrated Children’s Literature, 102 Cedar St., Abilene offers art activities every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. free of charge. 325-673-4586

Contact Carl Kieke at 325-673-3552 (voice only); or [email protected] The deadline is Monday for publication the following Monday.

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