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J. Rothrock Outfitters now sports scouting gear

Hilary Rothrock

(11/2017) J. Rothrock Outfitters, owned by Hillary and Paul Rothrock of Thurmont started their business last year with the goal of making the great outdoors more accessible for all ages and lifestyles. Named after Paul’s ancestor Joseph Trimble Rothrock, the Father of Forestry in Pennsylvania, their family is dedicated to the stewardship of our natural wonders. They are excited to announce that they have been granted a contract with Girl Scout Merchandise to sell uniform necessities, journeys, fun accessories and other official Girl Scout gear.

The girls of local Girl Scout Troop 81178 were the first to benefit from the sale of official Girl Scout Merchandise in Thurmont. The girls had big needs for their large troop Investiture and Rededication ceremony they hold every Fall. It made last minute uniform decisions and the replacement of lost necessities and forgotten pins convenient for our scouts.

Until now, local girls had to travel to the Girl Scout Shop in Germantown or order online. "It took away a lot of the stress of online ordering and making sure we had everything we needed on time. The girls could even try on the uniforms and get the right size for them" said Crystal Woods of Thurmont.

Crystal is an active leader in Girl Scout Association 37-4 and assists with many aspects of local scouting and troop organization for the Emmitsburg/Thurmont area. She’s the one making sure local scouts have spaces to sell Girl Scout cookies. J. Rothrock Outfitters is a local cookie booth location for troops, so you can look forward to seeing many local troops selling cookies there in late February and March!

The Rothrocks also keep wish lists for local troops looking to update their camping and hiking gear. On occasion patrons donate items, like boats and tents to local scouts. The Rothrocks keep in touch with local Girl and Boy Scout leaders and assist them in getting what they need and matching up donations with local scouts in need. They hope in the near future to also carry official Boy Scout gear as well. They support anything that gets kids outside with their peers and families enjoying the outdoors, learning about nature, survival, stewardship, responsibility, and community service.

The Scout Room at J. Rothrock Outfitters contains items specific to children who enjoy the great outdoors. They take consignment in addition to carrying a selection of new gear, so you never quite know what you might find. They currently have a few mess kits, sleeping bags, and canteens consigned. They always have a selection of daypacks and other trail necessities. They offer a one-stop-shop for girls to get into scouting. Thurmont and Emmitsburg have amazing local troops led by active leaders for girls of all ages and interests and now they can come into the shop and speak with someone who has been in the organization for 5 years and buy exactly what they need.

Have a scout or are interested in getting your family involved? Have an item you’d like to donate or consign? You can stop in to J. Rothrock Outfitters at 3 East Main Street in Thurmont, Maryland Thursdays through Mondays until 6pm or give them a call at 301-842-7231. They can also be found on Facebook or their website www.

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