Those who go out to eat on Wednesday night will have an opportunity to Dine Out with a Scout.
That is the name Girl Scout troop leader Lisa Nelson has given the event designed as a fundraiser for Camp Mintahama, a Girl Scout camp south of Joplin.
Ten restaurants in Joplin, Duquesne, Webb City and Carl Junction on Wednesday will donate a portion of the day’s proceeds to fund projects at the camp.
Girl Scouts and leaders will be available at the restaurants from 4:30 to 8 p.m. to greet and assist customers, and to visit about plans for the camp.
Nelson, with Friends of Camp Mintahama, said Wednesday marks the 102nd anniversary of Girl Scouts. The 180-acre camp previously was threatened with closure, but now Girl Scouts are working to fulfill requirements of a plan to keep it in operation.
The Joplin restaurants are: Flavors International Cuisine, 1802 W. 32nd St.; Instant Karma Gourmet Hot Dogs, 527 S. Main St.; Maria’s Mexican Grill and Cantina, 1901 E. 32nd St.; Moe’s Southwest Grill, 3120 S. Main St.; and Mohaska Farmhouse, 1821 S. Main St.
Webb City restaurants are Culver’s, 475 S. Madison Ave., and JJ’s Woodfire Pizza, 1612 S. Madison Ave.
Participating Carl Junction restaurants are Gambino’s Pizza, 1203 E. Pennell St., and Pizza Hut, 1301 E. Pennell St.
In Duquesne, there is Festival Mexican Restaurant, 631 N. Duquesne Road.
Nelson said the initial goal is to raise $15,000 for the camp, though that target isn’t expected to be reached during Wednesday’s event.
“Our top priority is heat and air conditioning for the dining hall, so it can be used year-round,” Nelson said.
She said Wednesday’s event will be the first opportunity since the plan was approved by Girls Scouts of the Missouri Heartland for the girls to visit with residents about the camp.
Registrations for Camp Mintahama are being accepted at www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org.
Girl Scout Cookie sales have been extended through Sunday, March 16. The cookie sales were initially set to end this weekend, but the time was extended because of the extreme winter weather.
“Sales have been slow,” Nelson said. When one buys cookies at area stores, one may also make a contribution to Camp Mintahama.