By COLLEEN MCCARTHY
Members of the Girl Scouts Heart of the South can now say, â€śThereâ€™s an app for that.â€ť
The Girl Scouts council, which covers 59 counties in Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas, including Oktibbeha County, just released the very first council-specific mobile app.
â€śThis year is our 100th anniversary, and I like to think weâ€™re moving forward into the next 100 years with this app,â€ť Jenny Jones, director of marketing and communications for Girl Scouts Heart of the South, said. â€śThis is a great opportunity for our girls and for our leaders.â€ť
The app features blogs, news and a calendar for Girl Scouts Heart of the South events, and has helpful features for those not involved with the organization, like the Safety Activity Checkpoint.
â€śThe Safety Activity Checkpoint is a national resource developed by the Girl Scouts of the USA. It covers every activity thatâ€™s covered for a Girl Scout to do, like horseback riding, for example. You can look it up and it tells you everything you need to know about safety standards â€” how many adults youâ€™d need, making sure everyone wears helmets â€” things like that,â€ť Jones said. â€śAny volunteer in the country could find that part of the app beneficial.â€ť
The checkpoints were featured in book-form, but the app will make it more accessible.
â€śThat would be something that would be great so you wouldnâ€™t have to be tied to a computer while you were out involved in activities,â€ť Cindy Coggins, leader of Troop 320 in Starkville, said. â€śUsually you have to go print it out, but you never know when you might hit a situation when you need to do a quick check.â€ť
Coggins said that while she does not have a smart phone, she thinks having the information readily available will be helpful to troop leaders.
Users can customize the appâ€™s settings to tailor the information specifically for families, volunteers or Girl Scouts. Locations and directions for the councilâ€™s campsites and regional offices are also available.
The app is available on both the Apple and Android mobile markets. To find the app, search â€śGirl Scouts Heart of the Southâ€ť in the companiesâ€™ respective app stores.