Troop 1735 receives sanctioned club status


The Canyon Lake POA sanctioned Girl Scout Troop 1735 at its Regular Session Board Meeting on Aug. 6. Formed in March 2018, becoming a sanctioned organization will allow Girl Scout Troop 1735 free access to meeting rooms and participation in POA sponsored events. The Troop is currently made up of nine Scouts ranging from kindergarten through fourth grades. Seven of the Scouts are Canyon Lake residents, two reside in Menifee.

Girl Scout Troop 1735 is currently accepting elementary school age girls who are interested in learning new skills, gaining confidence, community outreach, making friends and having fun.

Troop co-leaders, Alissa Rackstraw and Tina Freesmeier, formed the new Girl Scout Troop after Alissa tried to find a local Troop for her eight-year-old daughter Fiona to join. “None of the Canyon Lake Girl Scout Troops had an opening,” said Alissa. As a result, the two women, who had become friends through their daughters Fiona and Lily, decided to form their own Girl Scout Troop. The co-leaders decided to make the group a mix of Daisy, Brownie and Girl Scouts to accommodate the requests for Troops for younger girls.

The Troop’s first meeting was held in March and kicked off with the Quest Series of Badges. The Troop learned about the different badges and activities and what it takes to earn them.

“After learning about the different badges, we decided to let the girls choose which badge they wanted to earn next,” said Alissa.

As part of giving back to the community, the troop collected pet supplies in June and delivered them to Retrievers and Friends of Southern California in Menifee. Retrievers and Friends of Southern California is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization devoted to finding homes for Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers, as well as other breeds of dogs as space allows.

In September, the Troop will start working on their Swimming Badge by learning about water safety and developing their swimming skills.

Troop 1735 meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 6 to 7 p.m. For more information, contact Alissa Rackstraw at 951-265-4325 or Tina Freesmeier at 951-970-3609.