Girl Scouts help fellow students enroll in self-defense courses

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SPRING HILL, Kan. -- Scary stories about child kidnappings and attacks are leading members of a Spring Hill Girl Scout troop to find a unique way to earn their Silver Award.

It's something aimed at keeping kids in their community safer. If the Girl Scouts pull off what they hope to, they stand to benefit from a program that teaches more than self-defense moves. What they'll learn is said to be valuable, but it's not free.

At Wambua Martial Arts you can see students really know their stuff. It's one of the reasons Girl Scout Troop 1032 wants to enlist the school's help.

“We know that a lot of kids are attacked or taken along in cars when they're going to the movies, or to swimming pools, or to school and just think they need to be able to defend themselves," said scout Julie Bigus.

"They are at the age now where they're going to be hanging out at the mall, they're going to be going out to eat with their friends, they're going to be alone. They're not going to have us as parents to be there for them always,” said mom Malinda Beasley.

As a way to earn its Silver Award, the troop wants to make sure that all kids Spring Hill North and South middle schools will be able to take self-defense classes. Fred Wambua has agreed to reduce his rates to $12 a month per kid, for the half-year clinic.

These scouts know that not every family can afford it, that's why they're asking the Spring Hill Public Safety Advisory Board to help pay for it. The city has already set aside some money, but the city's mayor spoke, requesting it give just a little bit more.

"This program to teach young people to be able to defend themselves in the event of an attack I believe is essential for continued success as a community,” Mayor Steven Ellis said.

And something that could give these scouts more than the means to fight off an attacker, things like confidence, assertiveness, and of course, common sense.

“Keep being aware of your surroundings. They look like nothing techniques, but they real,” said mom Ellyn Bigus.

If you'd like to help these girl scouts please contact:
Ellyn Bigus: or Malinda Beasley: