Troop to Troop is a community service effort that brings a sweet taste of home to military men and women deployed both oversees and stateside. It's a project we, at Girl Scouts, value and take pleasure in. On Thursday, August 4, we had the honor in welcoming Chloe Fiore and Jenny Escobedo Perez from Fairchild Air Force Base to our Spokane Program Center. They spent their time speaking to and answering questions from our day campers. Then, with the assistance of our Girl Scouts, they packed their truck full of cookies to bring back to their troops.
Not only were we thrilled to have two female role models at our facility, who demonstrate courage, confidence, and character - we were especially proud to have a Girl Scout alumna represent our United States Air Force and bring her knowledge, experiences, memories, and successes back to our local scouts. Chloe currently works with Air Force survival instructors and support staff, ensuring their paperwork is in place so they can complete their mission. She also assists with awards, finance, promotion testing, the commander's requests, and any other tasks that need to be completed to ensure a smooth ride for her fellow unit members.
Chloe began Girl Scouting when she was seven years old. She bridged from a Brownie to a Junior in Virginia and later moved to England with her family. All throughout her journey she learned valuable life lessons that she will cherish forever. For instance, she learned how to work well with others, communicate effectively, and show respect for other communities and diversities. "We always had an international fair event for World Thinking Day, where all the Girl Scouts around the area would choose a country and cook, dance, and learn about the culture of said country. In the military, the ability to converse and collaborate with someone from any background is an important quality - I have my Girl Scout experience to thank for that."
Chloe felt as though her visit to the Spokane Program Center was her duty - to give back to those that taught her lessons, provided her with experiences, and contributed to her successes. "I always think I learned the most while being around other Girl Scouts," said Chloe. "One year while camping, there was a huge storm and I had to be brave. We would hike and I became more athletic because of those expeditions. We put on skits around the campfire and I had to learn to be creative and conquer my fear of stage fright."
Being brave, being energetic, being creative - All of these qualities, and more, make up a Girl Scout. We're not just for girls, we're for every G.I.R.L. Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho would like to express our utmost gratitude to our United States servicemen and servicewomen - with a special shout-out to the strong females who make this world a better place.