Scouts recently visit Rock and Jump in Winston-Salem for fun fitness activity.

Girl Scouts serving community, developing leadership skills

Posted at 2:57 PM on Apr 2, 2018

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Girl Scout Troop 12965 purchased items for My Sister’s House with some of their cookie sale proceeds.

BY DEBBIE PAGE
drpage.svlfreenews@gmail.com

Troutman’s Girl Scout Troop 12965, which meets at Troutman Baptist Church, had a busy March, giving back to the community and having fun as they developed their skills, character and fitness.

“The Girl Scout mission is to build girls’ courage, confidence, and character to make the world a better place,” said Emily Watson, who serves as a troop leader, along with Elena Clayton and Carrie Harrison.

The 18 Brownies (second- and third-graders) and Juniors (fourth grade) gather twice a month to celebrate being a G.I.R.L (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, and leader), according to Watson.

“Our girls set the course for our troop activities, deciding the course of what badges they want to work on and earn and what experiences they want to take away,” said Watson.

Some of the badges the Brownies have recently earned include Snacks, Outdoor Art Creator, Outdoor Adventurer, Painting and Philanthropist. The Juniors recently earned their Practice with Purpose, Simple Meals, and Drawing recognitions.

“We also just wrapped up our cookie sale, the largest girl-run business. During the cookie sale, the girls gain experience talking with customers, managing money, and learning good business ethics,” added Watson.

The girls voted to earmark 15 percent of this year's proceeds to support My Sister's House. They used the money to purchase a variety of items to help those who seek refuge the facility.

On the March 11 National Girl Scout Sunday, the girls greeted church-goers, passed out bulletins, performed two songs, and recited Girl Scout Promise and Law for the congregation at Troutman Baptist Church, which allows the troop to use its youth room to host its meetings.

The girls also commemorated the 106th birthday of Girl Scouts on March 12 and took a field trip to Rock and Jump in Winston-Salem for a fun fitness activity.

The leaders and girls are currently preparing and planning for a camping trip scheduled for early June at Lake Norman State Park.

Photos courtesy of Emily Watson.

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