Giving Back for Girl Scout Week!
Giving back to the community is at the very heart of Girl Scouts. Not only does service improve our larger community, but girls learn valuable lessons about hard work, relationships and social groups outside their own communities. For Girl Scout Week (March 6-12, celebrating Girl Scout’s 104th birthday this year!), an estimated 3,000 Girl Scouts in our council logged over 10,000 service hours to show just how much they love Girl Scouts! This Week of Service is part of our Inspire a Girl event, which combines the Week of Service with the Highest Awards Expo and Honors Ceremony (Apr. 2 – Overland Park Convention Center) to celebrate 100 years of service through the Girl Scout Highest Awards. Girl Scouts who participated in this service week even earned an awesome Inspire a Girl patch! We’re highlighting a few fantastic projects to inspire you to give back in your own way.
Girl Scout camp properties are beloved by girls and were a hub of activity for service this week. At Camp Daisy Hindman troops 3145 and 1725 worked on their Bronze Award by building a raised garden bed that will be used during summer camp! At Camp Tongawood troops cleaned the lodges and helped with general camp ground maintenance. Camp Prairie Schooner had an awesome group of Daisies and Girl Scout moms who helped clean the facility, a troop that helped mulch an outdoor area and a team of older Girl Scouts who stained bunk beds. What an awesome way to give back to other Girl Scout sisters!
We were extra excited to see Daisy Girl Scouts working on their first service project in Overland Park, Kansas. At Goodwill, one of our Community Partners, Daisy Girl Scouts handed out information about an upcoming Girl Scout clothing drive (Good Turn for Goodwill) and welcomed shoppers to the store! How exciting to see the beginning of a life of service. In Nearby Lenexa, Girl Scouts of all ages helped repackage bandages for First Aid kits at Heart to Heart.
Kansas City, Missouri saw Girl Scout help as well! At Sheffield Place Girl Scout troops 1567, 473 & 566 got down in the dirt – despite the rain – and cleaned rubber bedding in the children’s play area. Operation Breakthrough got amazing help from troops 5077 & 3335 to do a deep clean of the classrooms to make sure students stay healthy. And we can’t forget Community Partner Harvesters! At this location, Girl Scouts from Brownie and above took shifts working in the warehouse to sort and bag food to be delivered across the service area. After working, they got a healthy snack, learned about vegetables and watched a brief presentation on food insecurity and how some Girl Scouts have worked with Harvesters to earn their Highest Awards.
Check out this slideshow of photos from this Week of Service!
What an amazing week of giving back! These are just a few of the awesome projects we had going on in our community this week. If your troop has an awesome project they’d like to share, tell us about it in the comments below!