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Troop News from January Submissions

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Troop 40175 Feeds the Homeless Troop 40175 Feed the Homeless

On Saturday, January 25, 2014, Girl Scout Troop 40175 from Association 1408 in Charles Town, West Virginia, working on their community hours, spent the day feeding the homeless.  They assisted in preparing, set-up, and serving 185 meals. They also prepared meals for those that were homebound due the cold and snow.  The girls enjoyed their day and said they would love to participate again next month.  Way to go troop 40175! Submitted by Robin Dove.

Troop News - Troop 2613 at the Capitol/meeting with Eleanor Holmes Norton Troop 2613 at the Capitol with Eleanor Holmes Norton

Scouts from Troop 2613 were led on a private tour of the U.S. Capitol in January as part of their effort to earn the Inside Government badge.  They capped off the tour with a visit to the office of Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton. During the meeting, the scouts interviewed the representative and discussed their upcoming projects. submitted by Deborah Berry.

Troop 2064 January Take Action Project

Three members of troop 2064 delivered hats and gloves to Bright Beginnings child development center.  The hats and gloves were collected by scouts in our troop as part of a take action project during the month of January. While at the center the girls learned about homelessness and services provided to Bright Beginnings families. Submitted by Lori Huff-Herald.

Cadette Troop 6406

Girl Scouts Received Babysitting Certification

Cadette Troop 6406 from Bristow VA attended a Babysitting Certification course with the American Heart Association and are now certified in Babysitting.

Cadettes from Troop 1902

Dog Sledding in Maryland

Cadette troop 1902 went on a dog sled adventure.  We trailed in a national park in northern Maryland.  The girls learned a lot about the dogs including training, feeding and dog sledding terms. Submitted by Elena Fenton.

Cadette Troop 4959 - Klondike Derby Klondike Derby - Troop 4959

Cadette Troop 4959 from Association 33, Service Unit 7 competed in the NCAC's Klondike Derby - a winter camping competition for scouts held at Little Bennett each year in January. The troop took third place out of 18 in the dessert competition with Lemon Out of Sight Delight pie, which featured, naturally, Girl Scout cookies! The girls designed and made Klondike Derby sleds (with the assistance of Linda Smith at Home Depot in Bethesda), packed their survival kits, practiced winter tent camping, and competed with the Boy Scouts in stations involving First Aid, shelter building, problem solving, and pancake making. Submitted by Mary Hornyak.

Cadettes from Troop 1902

Snow Tubing

Cadettes from troop 1902 went snow tubing and had a wonderful time!

Juniors of Troop 1902

Tour of the White House

Girl Scout Troop 1902 received a tour of the White House.

Junior Troop 4102 Girl Scout Members Saved Classmate

Service Unit 51-7 was proud to recognize four members of Junior Troop 4102 for their quick-thinking actions that helped save an elementary school classmate from choking. Thanks to a November 2013 First Aid badge program during  which they learned various lifesaving techniques, Taylor Anderson, Melissa Herr, Gracie Larrick and Ruhi Jame received Certificates of Commendation for their quick-thinking actions in their school lunchroom in early January. Submitted by Tina Anderson. 

Troop 239 Troop 239 Loves Animals!

The Daisies and Brownies of Girl Scout Troop 239 in North Potomac made crafts to donate to homeless animals at the Montgomery County Humane Society.  They made two animal beds, 25 cage tags, and 88 toys.

Senior Troop 5881 Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service

Senior Troop 5881 of Springfield/Lorton spent the MLK National Day of Service at Mason Neck State Park.  They cleared the High Point Trail of litter and branches making the trail safer and more pleasant for hikers and bikers.  Many other troops from SU 53-02 also spent the day on various service projects around the park.  All volunteers were treated to a delicious BBQ lunch donated from Shawn’s Smokehouse BBQ Co. of Culpeper, VA.  It was a great day! Submitted by Vonda Peterson.

Senior Troop 282 held several fundraisers Fundraising Fun

In addition to badge work, field trips, and community service, Senior Troop 282 held several fundraisers in the fall.  The troop is especially motivated to raise money for their upcoming trip to London, England.  All fundraisers were decided on by the group and the scouts took turns running the events.  Fundraisers have included bake sales, car washes, yard sales, craft sales, and blanket sales.  Next on the agenda:  Cookie Sales!  Eleven of the 14 girls in the troop will be making the trek in June 2014. Submitted by Richard and Gina Cotton.

Junior/Cadette troop 2064 National Cookie Sleepover

Junior/Cadette troop 2064 dressed in their favorite pajamas to celebrate the National Cookie Sleepover.  They had a great time practicing their sales techniques, designing a troop t-shirt for our booth sales and viewing the Cookie Wonderland video.  The girls also collected hats and gloves for donation to Bright Beginnings (a child development center for homeless children) as their take action project. Submitted by Lori Huff-Herald.

Springfield Troop 282 Virginia Scottish Games & Festival

Senior Girl Scouts from Troop 282 of Springfield assisted at the Virginia Scottish Games & Festival in The Plains, VA.  The festival celebrated Scottish heritage with athletic competitions, food, Celtic music, a car show, and games.  The troop was able to help at several stations, including face painting. Submitted by Richard and Gina Cotton.

Senior Troop 282 - Wreaths Across America Wreaths Across America

Senior Troop 282 assisted in laying wreaths on graves at Quantico National Cemetery in early December.  The wreaths were the result of donations from supporters to Wreaths Across America.  The girls selected women's graves for the first few wreaths and plans to investigate the history of each service member. Submitted by Richard adn Gina Cotton.

Springfield Troop 282 Troop Helped at "Feed My Starving Children" Event

Girl Scout Seniors and parents from Springfield Troop 282 participated in the "Feed My Starving Children" event at New Hope Church in Lorton.  The girls donned lovely hair nets while running an assembly line to package nutritious food for children and families in impoverished nations across the globe.  Submitted by Richard and Gina Cotton.

Operation PB&J Girl Scout Seniors Helped at Operation PB&J

Senior Troop 282 of Springfield, VA assisted in Operation PB&J, making 300 peanut butter & jelly sandwiches on January 11.  The girls also bagged snacks and toiletries to be delivered, along with the sandwiches, to DC homeless.  Operation PB&J is a group of Dockmates at the Prince William Marina in Woodbridge, VA who have been working together since 2009 to provide a nutritious lunch to those in need.  The troop also donated 20 blankets to be distributed. Submitted by Richard and Gina Cotton.

Troop 4549 Practicing Archery at Camp Winona Archery at Camp Winona

Troop 4549 of Leonardtown, Maryland went camping at Camp Winona in the fall, where they completed their journeys and had fun bonding together. Their favorite activity was archery. Submitted by Delaney Hancock.

Girl Scout Troop 4549 Woodworking Badges

Girl Scout Troop 4549 took a tour to Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant. The cadettes completed woodworking badges making birdhouses for the power plant and the girls installed one of the birdhouses upon their visit. Submitted by Delaney Hancock.

Troop 4549 - Paint Fight Paint Fight Fun

Troop 4549 kicked off their year with a paint fight! They put on white T-Shirts, with their troop number on the front and names on the back, and threw paint at each other. Needless to say, they were all very colorful at the end. Submitted by Delaney Hancock.

Troop 4549 - Secret Sister Party

Secret Sister Party

Around Christmas time, troop 4549 had their annual Secret Sister Party. This is their ninth year doing this as a troop, and it is one of their favorite traditions. Submitted by Delaney Hancock.

Girl Scout Troops at Safe Shores Safe Shores

Junior Troop 4461 & Brownie Troop 5608 was highlighted by Safe Shores- The D.C. Children's Advocacy Center for helping to fulfill a portion of 347 gift wishes for abused children.  The girls got in the holiday spirit of giving by donating and wrapping the gifts for children in need. Submitted by Sandy Williams Odom.

Troop 2444 display their Jared Boxes SU 51-7 Winter Service Project

Troop 2444 display their Jared Boxes, part of SU 51-7's Winter Service Project in which troops of all ages donated items such as small toys, cards and games for boxes that will be donated to the pediatric unit at Inova Fairfax Hospital. Other activities at the annual service project included a letter-writing campaign for young survivors of Philippine Typhoon Haiyan as well as a SHARE spaghetti dinner that raised more than $700. Submitted by Therese Howe.

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