Girl Scouts make a difference every day in their communities!
Care Net Pregnancy Center provides free pregnancy tests, abortion education, and confidential support for those experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. Junior Girl Scout Troop 20724 hosted a baby shower for the benefit of Care Net in Oneida, NY. The troop of Junior Girl Scouts worked together for two months, planning, sending out invitations, making posters, shopping for decorations, baking, collecting baby items, and writing thank you notes. Staff at Care Net told the girls this was the most items collected for them at one time. This project was the troop's Bronze Award project. The Bronze Award is the highest award a Junior Girl Scout can earn.
Above, Girl Scout Juniors from Troop 40276 in Richford saw an opportunity to help out their community and seized it. The Richford Town Hall was in great need of cleaning and maintenance. They decided to help spruce up the building to earn their Girl Scout Bronze Award.
The girls scrubbed and cleaned the outside of the building (in the pouring rain). They scrubbed the walls, kitchen cabinets, tables, and the concrete floor. They sanded and painted the three wood tables, the doors, and a wall; added a chalkboard and cork boards; scrubbed over 60 meeting chairs; filled the cracks in the concrete floor and painted it twice. One of the girls even worked with her grandmother and sewed all new curtains for the town hall! Great job Hannah, Piper, Lacey, Alisha, and Darrah, and all of those that helped them achieve their goal.
Girl work individually and collectively on projects they have identified as needs in their communities and towns. Below are a few more of the wonderful take action projects undertaken by girls in our council. Share your achievements here, too! Please include a photo if you have one (or two).
Helping People Stay Warm in Winter
Girls from Troop 20480 in Little Falls, New York, worked on a “Keep Our Community Warm” community service project. Across two Saturdays in a row these Brownies collected warm coats, gloves, and mittens. They collected so many pieces that they were able to donate items to three different organizations!
Veterans Day is a school holiday for most students. This year members of Girl Scout Troop 50807 learned the significance of Veterans Day and spent the day giving back to our military veterans.
About 20 girls got together to make lap blankets for hospitalized veterans in Syracuse. The girls also attended a wreath laying ceremony in Watertown.
“We're teaching these girls to cherish our veterans. They're what keep us free,” said Torrie Danks, co-leader of Girl Scout Troop 50807.
Planting “Trees for Tributaries”
Members of Delhi's Girl Scout Troop 30285 planted 85 trees as the final step in a stream bank stabilization project. The scouts were assisted by members of the SUNY Delhi Turf Club. The project, begun in 2007 by the Delaware County Soil and Water Conservation District, benefitted the Promised Land Farm on Houghtaling Hollow Road in East Meredith, New York.