Submitted by Victoria Cardamo
Troop 12214 at Holy Family Catholic School, in Grand Junction, is a multi-level troop of 44 girls. The troop started with 14 Daisies in 2009 and has grown since. 12 of the original members are still part of the troop! The troop is led by 10 volunteers and has 2 product/cookie sale parents. They meet weekly for 1 1/2 hours from September through May. This is a very active troop who tries to participate in most Council and SU events, such as Thinking Day and the annual Christmas Mitten Tree. Troop leaders have been on SU teams to coordinate and plan an annual Thinking Day, Spring Dance and Fall Event. Their Head Leader is also the SU Treasurer. Troop 12214 participates in the Grand Junction Veteran’s Day Parade each year, a family camping trip every Summer and does a hygiene and/or food drive each Fall for a different local charity. They have made it their goal to collect 100 pony tails for Locks of Love, by December 31st, in honor of the 100th Anniversary of Girls Scouts. They are planting a community garden at their school and have started an age appropriate, all troop, Self Esteem program based, in part, on the documentary Miss Representation.
The photo was taken in September in the backyard of the Grand Junction Service Center, immediately following the troop’s annual Investiture and Rededication Ceremony.