[slideshow] Submitted by Jodee Cronk Grand Junction
Our Girl Scout Year Cadette Troop 3940 had a big year, most of it dedicated to helping our community and spreading the word about Girl Scouts. To start out our year, we made and served dinner at Homeward Bound homeless shelter. To honor Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday, we bought baby gifts and a Daisy smock and made a basket for the first girl born in Grand Junction on Oct. 31. Then, we wrapped more than 200 Christmas presents that were donated by community members for kids who otherwise might not have had Christmas presents. We also chose a 12-year-old girl from the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree and purchased everything on her Christmas wish list. We have also volunteered at Canyon View Vineyard Church in the nurseries. We even spent an evening babysitting for a Mom’s Night Out. During cookie season, we had 117 boxes of cookies donated for the military. We mailed them to the 62nd Engineering Battalion in Afghanistan. We learned a lot while volunteering in our community and it made us feel good to give back.
We also helped spread the word about Girl Scouts. Our troop was asked to give a presentation to the United Way panel about the Troop Pathway. We talked about what Girl Scouts means to us and what we have accomplished. During cookie season, we were interviewed on KAFM radio and by KKCO news. We had the chance to talk about our goals and all that we have learned selling cookies. Also, a reporter from KJCT came to our cookie booth and we talked about how Girl Scouts and cookie sales inspire us to do great things and teach us valuable skills that we will need throughout our lives. We also spent a Saturday morning collecting food for the Kids’ Backpack program that provides kids in need with food for evenings and weekends. Then, for our Take Action Project, we wrote and illustrated a coloring book for younger Girl Scouts about how to prevent bullying.
We think that we had a good year. It is fun doing things for other people. Our experiences helped us to realize how good our lives are and how fortunate we are. Without Girl Scouts, we may never have had these opportunities.
By Cadette Troop 3940 (Anela, Anne, Bridget, Grace, Kamryn, Olivia, Riley, and Syvannah)
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