13-year-old Girl Scout Cadettes from Troop 4523 Emma, Dori, and Kate would like to share our story about our great Silver Award project. For this mission, we wanted to make a difference in children’s lives. We contacted Children’s Hospital to see how we could help. They told us that the Jared Box program was well needed and appreciated by the children having extended stays in their hospital rooms with no access to any playroom. To find out more about the Jared box project, please visit http://www.thejaredbox.com. We also made baby hats for newborns to be distributed at Memorial Hospital.
We first had to earn funds to purchase the items to put in the boxes. We used the money we earned from selling Girl Scout Cookies to fund part of this project. But, we did not stop there. We made ice cream sandwiches (we baked chocolate chip cookies and added vanilla ice cream in the middle) and sold them at a park during a hot sunny summer day. Then, we all made lists of items we wanted to purchase and each prepared a certain amount of boxes to meet the needs of girls and boys between the age of 3 to 14. We decorated the boxes and also added a nice note to personalize each package.
On September 5, 2017, we delivered 71 boxes to Children’s Hospital and dropped off our handmade baby hats to Memorial Hospital. We all learned a lot from this experience from budgeting to time management and accountability. Working in a team was also a great part of this project.
Several girls from Troop 73392 used their cookie money to visit New York City this month. Sophia led her fellow troop members in picking out accommodations, places to eat, and things to see and do in the city.
Highlights included mastering the public transportation system, visiting the National September 11th Museum, the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island, Coney Island, and eating lots of yummy food.
Two years ago, the amazing girls in Troop 607 decided to go to Yellowstone National Park. To ensure every girl in the troop could attend, each girl had to sell 292 packages of Girl Scout Cookies, 5,500 packages. The girls surpassed this goal by 2,000 packages!
19 girls and 11 adults made the trip for four days and three nights. They stayed just steps away from Old Faithful and Mammoth Hot Springs. The girls hiked and saw geysers, gorgeous hot spring pools, buffalo, bears, elk, and more.
The best part is there were no televisions, phones, very limited cellular service, or WIFI!
Daisy Troop 65856 used the money they earned from their Girl Scout Cookies sales to go to Sky High Ranch as a troop. Each girl got to bring one parent and enjoyed activities such as the small animal farm, hiking to the lake, a dance party, and a camp fire. This was the highlight of the year for most girls.
What has Troop 70160 done with the money they earned from selling Girl Scout Cookies? A LOT!
This past year, the girls helped fix things in their school’s garden. Two years ago, they helped a girl in their troop who had extensive medical bills from her cancer treatment.
Girls have also donated packages of Girl Scout Cookies to the Salvation Army. They had never received packages in Fort Collins before! They also donated packages of cookies to Reflections for Youth in Loveland.
These two girls aren’t in the same Daisy troop but came together to sell cookies at their moms’ office in January. By working together, they practiced being honest and fair and being a sister to every Girl Scout!
Our troop used the money we earned from selling Girl Scout Cookies to take all of our girls on their first camping trip at Tomahawk Ranch! We went on our service unit (Urban Trails) camping trip and the girls made crafts, learned knife safety, how to build a fire, and some of them spent their first night away from home. We had a blast and have already planned another camping trip!
In October of 2015, Troop 73904 used money they earned from selling Girl Scout Cookies to go on an overnight adventure at the Denver Aquarium. They got to learn about the rainforest, feed the fish, and sleep under the sharks. It was a very cool experience as well as an educational one!
The troop plans to use money earned from the 2016 sale to stay overnight at Magic Sky Ranch and go tubing and ice skating.
My older girls (now freshman in college) used the 5 Skills to participate in two troop trips. One was to Washington, D.C. The other was to canoe the Boundary Waters. Here is an excerpt from my daughter’s college essay about their experience.
“Twelve years of Girl Scouting has led me to an incredible expanse of activities and explorations, experiences which have multiplied in high school. With my troop, I sold thousands of cookies and organized other money earning activities to travel to Washington, D.C. on a historical trip, and later ventured to the Boundary Waters of northern Minnesota for four days of canoeing and backpacking. The four of us, who started as novice adventurers looking for unique experiences, planned, funded, and executed each trip on our own. Between these explorations, we spent time building our friendship by helping community soup kitchens or learning basket weaving together, and I’ve never felt more connected than I have within Girl Scouts.”