Campus Girl Scouts spearheads ‘Girls on Track’ program

Since the spring of 2013, Campus Girl Scouts have been helping elementary school girls get their health on track.

The Girls on Track program, a volunteer program run by Clarion University Girl Scouts, is an initiative to spark interest amongst young girls about joining Girl Scouts or developing a passion for running.

Clarion University student Lauren Shaffer runs with the girls at Clarion Area Elementary School during the Sept. 30 program.
Clarion University student Lauren Shaffer runs with the girls at Clarion Area Elementary School during the Sept. 30 program.

“I love the program,” said Clarissa Potsuby, president of CU Girl Scouts and head of the Girls on Track program. “It’s a starter program for running and Scouts. From this program girls can go on to join cross-country or track or a Girl Scout troop.”

Girls on Track is a five week session. Each program lasts for an hour. The first two sessions were held Sept. 30 and Oct. 7 and will be followed by sessions on Oct. 14, 21 and 28. Each session involves short lessons, dynamic and static stretching, running, goal setting and snacks.

“A typical session involves a short lesson about the different aspects of running. For example, nutrition, benefits of running and inspirational runners,” Potsuby said. “Normally the running involves a game or running in a group.”

With an average of 16 participants, this one day a week event seems to have gathered the interest and attention of the younger girls.

“We range from two to 30 girls per session, each time the number of girls is different,” Potsuby said. “The program takes place at the Clarion [Area] Elementary School.”

Potsuby added that the school was generous enough to allow the girls the use of the gym, large group room and playground free of charge.

“I just really want the girls to become active and learn how to get healthier,” Potsuby said. “Hopefully by the end of the program girls have learned how to run properly, what it means to be strong and how to be a better person.”

Girls on Track is a volunteer program, and the Campus Girl Scouts are always accepting help.

Clarion University Girl Scouts meet Tuesdays at 5:15 p.m. in Conference room B, room 112 in the Carlson Library. Campus Scouts is all about serving the community and making the world a better place, participating in all campus and self-developed events. It is an open-minded organization and is always looking for new members.

For more information, contact the CU Girl Scouts at cgs@clarion.edu or Clarissa Potsuby at c.n.potsuby@eagle.clarion.edu.

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