While Girl Scouts remain home from school and extracurricular activities, their commitment and desire to stay connected with their Girl Scout sisters hasn’t changed. Troops are meeting virtually using services like Zoom and Google Hangouts, and despite their normal ways of selling cookies coming to a stop due to social distancing, many Girl Scouts are persevering with their cookie sales. Porch drop offs and deliveries, online ordering, and cookie donations are everywhere! Below we list some of the inspiring stories of local Girl Scouts staying connected and making the world a better place.
Troop 563 Leader Jeanne Lester mailed out 44 envelopes to her Girl Scout troop across Des Moines. Each envelope included a letter from the leaders, a return self-addressed envelope, and a piece of paper so the Girl Scout can write back. It also included a simple paper craft the troop will complete together at their next virtual troop meeting.
Troop 242 in Council Bluffs received “badges in a bag” from their troop leader. Easter and Earth Day activity supplies were included in the bags that leader Kourtney Krause dropped off at each Girl Scout’s door.
Troop 147 has been sewing masks for medical personnel in their community and delivering goodie bags to local delivery and truck drivers. Troop Leader LaVera Stern said, “Social distancing might make things challenging, but not impossible. With modern technology we can still hold meetings in the safety of our own homes.”
Teyla, a Lake Mills Girl Scout, played tic-tac-toe using dry erase markers on windows with nursing home residents in her community to spread a little cheer.
Troop 30075 from Orange City set a goal to donate 400 packages of cookies to six different local senior care facilities. By doing so, they will provide each resident their own box of cookies as well as provide cookies for staff. The girls created videos to share on social media and are moving right along to their goal!
Many other troops have created videos in an effort to sell their remaining Girl Scout cookie inventory.
· Junior Girl Scout Poppy shared a passionate plea for support of her remaining cookie inventory sales.
· Carlisle Girl Scouts shared what it means to be a Carlisle Girl Scout amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Girl Scout camps Sacajawea & Tanglefoot have been engaging with Girl Scouts online with camp songs, virtual hikes, and crafts. You can follow along on their Facebook pages!
Despite the unknowns, Girl Scouts across Iowa are doing what they do best – remaining courageous and confident, helping to make the world a better place.
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