Ultimate ‘Girl Scout’ may have been Dorothy Print
Friday, 14 July 2017 11:38



• Leader & Times

This Wednesday, Girl Scouts will get the chance to meet Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz” at Dorothy’s House in Liberal.

Darcy Gray of Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland said girls will tour the Coronado Museum, visit the Land of Oz and enjoy a day of fun along the Yellow Brick Road.

“They’re going to be getting a personal tour of Dorothy’s House and the Land of Oz,” she said. “They’ll get to see all of the ‘Wizard of Oz’ artifacts and memorabilia. They’re going to actually get to see Dorothy. They’ll get to see the magical story of this famous Kansas farm girl come to life right in front of them.”

Dorothy’s House itself is an actual model of the house used in the tornado scene of the 1939 movie, and Gray said this is just part of what the group of young ladies will get to see Tuesday.

“It’s going to be a really great experience just to have that interaction with Dorothy right there right in front of them,” she said.

The event’s theme goes right along with one of the most famous lines from “The Wizard of Oz” – “Lions, tigers and bears ... oh, my!” – and Gray said the tour is geared toward girls ages kindergarten through fifth grade. She said naturally, the Girl Scouts are excited and eager to see one of Liberal’s big attractions.

“I’m sure there’s going to be a lot of girls who haven’t met Dorothy before, so I think that’s going to be very exciting for them,” she said. “I think the fact that the registration’s nearly full shows how excited they are and eager they are to come see this.”

The young participants in Tuesday’s tour will earn a special “Wizard of Oz” patch. Gray said girls need to bring a sack lunch and water bottle. Snacks will be provided as part of the $23 registration fee. The tour itself will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Dorothy’s House and the Land of Oz at 567 E. Cedar in Liberal.

As is the case with many Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland events, Gray said Tuesday’s will bring in young ladies from several other communities to Liberal.

“Typically, we do have girls from other cities going to our events,” she said. “It’s exciting to see we have girls coming from as far as Parsons. The registration is nearly full, and some of the cities Girl Scouts are coming from include Parsons, Haysville, Lindsborg, Scott City, Garden City, Holcomb and Satanta. So that’s another great indicator of how excited the girls are to meet Dorothy and tour the Land of Oz.”