It’s the middle of September and Girl Scout meetings are in full swing. There is excitement around the start of the New Year and all the adventures ahead for our 23,000 Girl Scouts!
We caught up with two Girl Scouts who have recently bridged from Daisies to Brownies to find out what they enjoy most about being Girl Scouts, and boy is that list long! Lilly Foster and Chloe Franklin are second grade Brownies in Troop 78 in Liberty, Missouri and have been in Girl Scouts together for the past year. Their troop leader is Kimberly Foster, Lilly’s mom.
Selling Girl Scout Cookies
Last year, Troop 78 hosted two cookie booths in the community, complete with their very own “Cookie Booth” stand constructed by a Girl Scout dad. Lilly really enjoyed connecting with her customers and said “you sometimes get to see some of your family when you sell your cookies.”
The girls used their cookie money creatively and had sleepover at the Kansas City Zoo, adopted a family during the holidays and went camping!
Overnight at the Kansas City Zoo
Thanks to our Community Partner, Kansas City Zoo, Troop 78 got to spend a unique night with Nakita, the Polar Bear. Additionally, the girls got to take a special night tour of the zoo to see the nocturnal animals in their natural habitats and interact with some unique creatures!
Preparing for their campout is a troop effort. Prior to the excursion, the girls get together and set the menu for their time at camp. Troop leaders then put a grocery list together and the girl work together to budget and shop for the items!
While camping, the girls like to make GORP, “Good Ole Raisins and Peanuts.” Read the full poem the girls read!
A special adventure they like to go on at camp is a night hike. Just before bed, they take their flashlights and go exploring around camp. “We got to see grasshoppers, crickets and bugs…a lot of cool bugs,” according to Lilly!
This year, Chloe is looking forward to her first camping trip this October without Mom. “I’m a grown up now, I don’t need mama. I’ll be all alone with my friends, no mommy!” It’s not that Chloe doesn’t like having mom involved in Girl Scouts, but Troop 78 has doubled in size. Becky, Chloe’s mom will be staying back this next campout to give other caregivers the chance to go camping with their girl!
Beyond Girl Scouts
What’s great about Girl Scouts for Lilly and Chloe is that their friendship extends beyond troop meetings and outings. “I wouldn’t know Chloe because she’s never been in my class. Sometimes at recess we play together and we play we play tag. Now that it’s cooling down we like to play tag because we can cool ourselves down,” Lilly said.
For Kimberly, Lilly’s mother and Troop 78’s leader, Girl Scouts is about providing Lilly with interactions and opportunities she wouldn’t get anywhere else as an only child. “I wasn’t going to be a troop leader, I just wanted her to be in Girl Scouts. But then I discovered I can schedule more things and schedule around my time and I get to be there for everything, that’s what drew me into it.”
Becky Franklin, Chloe’s mother, credits Girl Scouts for helping Chloe overcome her shyness. “I love for Chloe how it’s helped her to come out of her shell. She can sometimes be shy when she’s meeting new people. She didn’t know Kimberly or any of the girls in the troop, so it’s been a really neat way for her to come out of her shell.”
Thank you Kimberly, Becky, Lilly and Chloe for sharing what you love about Girl Scouts!
It’s not too late to get your girl involved in Girl Scouts, the on-time registration deadline is September 22 and all those who are registered will have the opportunity to order a one-of-a-kind t-shirt! To sign your girl up, or to volunteer with a troop, visit our website!