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MICAH House Girl Scout Troop Sells to All 50 States, Makes National News


Troop 64224, comprised of girls living in the MICAH House, an emergency family shelter in Council Bluffs for those experiencing homelessness, started their fourth cookie season with two big goals: sell 2,000 boxes of cookies and sell cookies in all 50 states. The response they’ve seen over the past six weeks has exceeded all expectations.

Unlike other traditional Girl Scout Troops, Troop 64224 meetings are held where the girls eat, sleep and live. Started In 2018, the troop works to offer the life-changing and skill-building experience of Girl Scouting to the young girls that end up living at the shelter. More than 127 Girl Scouts have expanded their life skills through Girl Scout programming at the MICAH House and are well on their way to becoming tomorrow’s leaders.

The MICAH House finds unique ways to sell cookies, focusing on online orders for shipping and local pickup on designated days.

To date, the troop has sold nearly 23,000 packages of cookies. The proceeds from their sales support their future Girl Scout experience, including badges and activity materials.

"You can really see when they've got their sash or their vest on there is a sense of pride and belonging to something that is so respected," Beth Shelton, CEO of Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa said. "That's always sacred and important for kids, but I think particularly during this pandemic."

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