During a meeting in December the girls (ranging from K-4th grade) discussed needs within their community. They realized many organizations do canned food drives during this time of year and holiday gifts are covered with our community’s Angel Tree. However, the troop wanted to give back to the community in a useful way. Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois provided the perfect inspiration via their seasonal community service project= Birthday Bags!
“Everyone enjoys being recognized on their birthday and children who utilize food pantries and other family-serving organizations are no exception” Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois explains on their service project page (http://www.gsofsi.org/en/about-girl-scouts/our-program/ways-to-participate/patches-and-projects.html). The girls in Girl Scouts Troop 8668 imagined what it might be like to have to make the decision to skip baking a birthday cake or having a party because the expense might be too much for a family’s budget. Then they became excited about building birthday bags for those in the community who could use the help. Girls brainstormed all the items needed for a birthday party, they wrote out their shopping lists and their parents took them shopping for supplies. On December 17th, 2018, the troop delivered their birthday bags to Family Counseling Center, Inc. at 125 North Market Street, Golconda, Illinois 62938
Girls Scouts Troop 8668 formed this fall for the benefit of girls in the community but lacks troop funds because they are a new troop. The girl’s families paid for birthday bag supplies out of their own pockets so that the girls could experience the satisfaction of giving back despite lack of troop funds. Pope County Girl Scouts Troop 8668 will begin their fundraising efforts January 5th, 2019 at the Golconda Food Mart with their very first Girl Scout Cookie Booth from 10:30am-5:30pm! Event FB link: https://www.facebook.com/events/614221658983170/ The community is invite to come out and buy cookies from the newly formed troop. Funds raised from cookie sales will to aid Troop 8668 in future service projects and enrichment experiences across Southern Illinois.
Girl Scouts of the USA is on its second century of Girl Scouts selling cookies and it’s a good thing! More than half of Girl Scout alumnae in business fields credit the Girl Scout Cookie Program® with developing skills they use today—including money management, goal setting, and public speaking—selling Girl Scout Cookies has helped millions of female entrepreneurs over the past 100 years spark their careers.
During Girl Scout Cookie season, participating Girl Scouts across the country show their G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ spirit as they sell delicious cookies, building essential entrepreneurial and other business skills along the way that are imperative to leadership and future success. And the funds from every cookie purchase power amazing experiences for girls year-round.
Over 1 million Girl Scouts participate in the cookie program each year, and all of the net revenue from cookie sales—100 percent of it—stays within a Girl Scout council’s local area to benefit girls and their council. Councils depend on cookie earnings to run their programming, which supports incredible experiences for girls, and girls decide how to invest their troop’s portion of the earnings in impactful community projects and personal enrichment opportunities.
For the current cookie season, girls will sell cookies door-to-door and at cookie booths, as well as through the Digital Cookie® platform, an innovative and educational web-based addition to the cookie program that helps girls run and manage their Girl Scout Cookie businesses online.