Today was an amazing day! As an English teacher, I generally tell my students not to start their essays/articles/stories out that way, but this statement so beautifully embodies the truth that I can’t begin any other way. Today was an amazing day!
Over the past month, most of my Girl Scout Cadette troop was attending volleyball practice, while two dedicated girls attended our Girl Scout meetings. Alexis and Hailey faithfully showed up each week to plan our First Annual Community Fall Festival. They agonized over pricing, a ticket system, types of booths, how to advertise, etc. Then the sixth week of school, Holly (another of our Girl Scouts) was able to join us. Together with the first two, they tackled advertising, dividing up who was going to do which tasks in order to spread the word. After all, we wanted the whole community to attend, not just Girl Scouts. The week of the festival, the rest of our nine girls joined the meeting, solidifying what they were going to do for their booths.
Throughout this last week of planning, we did everything we could to garner food and prize donations from local restaurants/businesses. We asked businesses to put up posters. We got announcements put on the community calendars of our local radio stations, and we even got a local brief put in the newspaper.
My nails have never been shorter than they were as I chewed on them this week. I worried so much that things wouldn’t come together, that other Girl Scout troops might not show up with their booths, or that the weather would turn and it would snow. I was stressed out because at least two schools were holding their carnivals today, and so was a local neighborhood community. What if my own girls didn’t show up? What if no one came?
I needn’t have worried. More than 50 people attended our First Annual Fall Festival on Oct. 27. Every single Girl Scout in my troop showed up, fully prepared to run her booth. All of the troops who committed to running booths were there. At one point, I looked over the green and saw families who didn’t know each other talking with one another over snacks. I saw children laughing and enjoying the creativity of all the booths: Alexis and Hailey with their Gross Bucket guessing game, Leslie with her Wool Pets, Lilly and Jasmine with their Egg Race/S’mores, Bailey and Skye with their Paper Plate Ghosts, Holly’s Scarecrow Dressing/Picture booth, and Rachel’s Throw-Down Carnival game, along with all the other booths there. What I saw was a community coming together to enjoy the beautiful autumn weather.
Yes, today was an amazing day!
Submitted by Kristen Gurzick, Troop Leader (Troop 1568, Durango)