Saguache Girl Scouts Aim for Savannah Next August
You know their cookies, and you might be familiar with some of their badges, for cooking, first aid and athletics, but who knows where the birthplace of the Girl Scouts is? Where did this girl empowerment, 104-year-old institution have its humble beginnings?
That’s right, it’s Savannah, GA! The Girl Scouts began on March 12, 1912 when Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low organized the first Girl Guide troop meeting of 18 girls in Savannah. It has since grown to 3.7 million members, including a very active and engaged group of Girl Scouts right here in Saguache Today.
“While the cost is high, the girls are working really hard on fundraising. They are very dedicated to making this trip a reality,” explained Crystal Gillette-Knight, one of the adult leaders from the Saguache Girl Scouts Troop #32659. During last weekend’s Intertribal Pow-Wow they sold handcrafted items and baked goodies to be put toward their Savannah trip.
But that’s not all the local scouts have been doing. In fact, if you’ve spent any time at Otto Mears Parks in Saguache lately, you may have benefited from a recent project by Saguache Girl Scout Alexandria Harrison.
As a goal towards her silver award, the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn, Harrison built the new picnic benches with help from other community members (READ STORY). It was great to see everyone enjoying those new tables during the Pow-Wow!
“We have a couple girls working on their bronze award, and one getting ready to start her silver project, which will include Christmas gifts for those who need help,” explained Gillette-Knight. All of these projects are meant to better the local community.
The Girl Scouts develop leadership skills and teamwork as they work on these projects mainly on their own, with some guidance from their troop leader, family and friends. But ultimately, they have to decide on a project, plan how they are going to make it happen, put a working team together, and raise the funds to make the plan a reality as well. So how can you help the Saguache Girl Scouts?
“The best way to help, is by helping them complete their awards, showing the girls crafts they can make to sell, helping with fundraiser ideas or making a monetary donation,” said Gillette-Knight. “The girls have received lots of support from their community and are truly thankful for all of it.”
Donations can be made to GIRL SCOUT Troop 32659, PO Box 406, Saguache, CO 81149.