School is back in session and Girl Scouts is forming new troops in the Osakis area.

Those interested in joining are invited to attend a meeting at the Osakis Elementary School on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 5:30 p.m. to learn more about the Girl Scouts’ leadership experience for girls — one that is designed with, by, and for girls.

Girl Scout activities reach far beyond cookies, arts and crafts, according to the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines.

The inclusive, all-girl environment of a Girl Scout troop creates a safe space where girls can try new things, develop a range of skills, take on leadership roles, and just be themselves, say Girl Scout leaders.

Girl Scouts go hiking, camping, learn about the outdoors, volunteer in the local community, learn about robotics and cyber-security and create memories with new friends.

At the Sept. 26 meeting, those attending will meet current local Girl Scouts and troop leaders and register for membership on-site.

New members will receive a free T-shirt featuring Luna the Unicorn. Girls will make slime while parents and caregivers team up with other members of the community to form new or join existing troops.

Girl Scouts is open to all girls in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Joining Girl Scouts costs $25 annually. Scholarships are available, thanks to support

from the Girl Scouts’ product program and community donors.

All information sessions are free of charge.

For more information about getting involved, call 320-252-2952 or go to www.girlscoutslp.org.