By Guest Blogger Lori Gomez, Troop Leader 20316
Troop 20316 formed when 3 of its members were in Kindergarten. The young ladies are Ambassador Girl Scouts and all are Juniors at Leo Jr./Sr. High School. This troop’s best accomplishments are mentoring younger girls in the traditions of Girl Scouts. As fourth graders, these girls were fascinated by teaching younger girls campfire safety. As the girls became Cadettes, while attending Service Unit Campouts, they are known as the campfire girls. These girls have trained hundreds on campfire safety, the stages of the fire, and how to put the fire out correctly. From this stage forward these girls have planned numerous recruiting events, every year at back to school nights (registering from 6 – 12 girls) the girls did crafts with the new girl scouts. (2) school pajama / princess parties organizing and participating in the event’s success.
Troop 20316’s largest event was a bring a friend event held last winter – a February campout at the Legion in Woodburn. We had over 100 attend, registered 13, had ample adults to assist, we had a night filled with 10 different swap making stations and polished the evening off with the girls decorating their leader with hair color of many varieties. The girls volunteered at the Leo Annual Carnival by attaching feathers to the girl’s hair, they have been asked to participate again this year.
Last year the girls earned their leader in training pin by dedicating many hours to starting new troops with me. Due to needing additional adult volunteers, the girls assisted in starting and running 2 Daisy troops. Fun was had by all and when this year began, the girls asked if they could continue this year. This year the girls are running a Kindergarten, First Grade and Second Grade troop, all at the same meeting. This troop assisted with the Annual Service Unit Fall Campout. A very rainy event, and still got the fire going for S’mores.
We had a family close to Troop 20316 lose everything in a fire and the girls assisted in collecting donations for the family. These girls have also participated in food and clothing drives for the past three years to help the Leo Food Bank and most recently New Haven Food Bank and a troop collection just last week for Goodwill and the Leo Food Bank. The girls wanted their younger troops to learn that one girl can make a difference.
Girl Scouting has encouraged this group of young ladies to become strong leaders while passing on to the younger generation the love of scouting, and with their hearts help others along the way.