Cadette Troop 3530 from Richland, WA is committing to a Year of Service for 2016. Based on their individual interests, each of the seven Girl Scouts have planned an activity that revolves around giving back to the community. "The idea came as we were discussing what we wanted to accomplish during the year," said troop leader, Trina Huntington. "The girls decided it was time for them to give back."
In addition to creating and executing specialized volunteer-based projects, the girls have also designed a special patch with rockers. The patch reads KIDS, meaning Kids in Direct Service. Anyone who participates in their events receives a patch in exchange for their efforts.
To date, Troop 3530 has led the Lenten Soup Supper at their church, created centerpieces for the 2016 Annual Meeting, served as cooks and Program Aides during the Girl Scouts Wacky Sports Camp at Camp Wooten, and filled and distributed Easter eggs for the Knights of Columbus egg hunt. Future activities include aiding 2nd Harvest in their mission to help fight hunger, a day of planting with a group of Daisy Girl Scouts, and caroling with cookies at the local senior center. In addition to their projects, the girls will continue to embark on various volunteer efforts throughout the year including the annual tradition of serving with the Time of Remembrance Veteran program.
Two of the girls, Alyssa and Anna, have decided to serve beyond their communities and will be joining their church youth groups on mission trips this summer. Alyssa is traveling to Ashland, Montana and Anna is traveling to Baja, Mexico. These girls will also be Vacation Bible School (VBS) crew leaders and are very involved in their local churches.
"I am a proud leader who is excited to see these girls find needs and then move towards solutions," exclaimed Huntington. "We need more youth to stand up, grab the hand of their neighbor and make a difference in the world."
Great job, girls! Click here to view more pictures of Troop 3530 giving a year of service to support their community.