WILMINGTON—North Carolina Girl Scout troops see a jump in their Latino population.
Girl Scout officials said an initiative to reach out to Latinos has been in place for many years, but they are increasing their outreach. A Latino roundtable discussion was held on UNCW's campus Wednesday for community leaders to discuss ways to encourage further involvement with girls and their parents.
Eight percent of members in central and eastern North Carolina are Latino. The Girl Scouts of North Carolina Coastal Pines saw a 26 percent increase in the last year.
"We're just so excited they are having a good time. That is what "girl -scouting" is all about. That spirit of friendship and encouragement,” said Krista Park, Director of Communications and Marketing with Girls Scouts North Carolina Coastal Pines.
According to a 2010 Pew Hispanic Center report, North Carolina has the 11th largest Latino population in the country.