What began 12 years ago with 13 vibrant and enthusiastic Brownie Girl Scouts forming Troop 240 has reached its final meeting and squeeze.
“It’s bitter sweet that our troop meetings have come to an end. I’m so excited for all of these young women as they move on to college,” co-leader Deb Jolette said. “They should be proud of the ways they’ve helped their community and it’s been an honor leading them over the years.”
Troop 240 members had fun participating in countless community service projects including: community clean ups, the Food Bank of El Dorado County, St. John’s Women Shelter, planting trees at their elementary school, organizing and participating at GS World Thinking Days, making solar energy supplies to go to Africa to help purify drinking water, filling and decorating Christmas stockings for children in need and so many more projects.
This extremely active troop has earned its own funds to travel to San Francisco, Monterey, Yosemite and Lake Tahoe. Making crafts, hiking, camping and earning badges have all been part of the troop experience but so have team building exercises, the development of conflict management skills, career explorations and the creation of life-long friendships.
“When the girls reached high school it was difficult to juggle all of the sports schedules and extracurricular activities, so we adapted our meeting schedule to Friday night dinner meetings,” said co-leader Wendy Slepian.
Several girls in Troop 240 have joined the prestigious ranks of young women who have made a difference both locally and globally by earning the Girl Scout Gold Award — the highest achievement in Girl Scouting earned by less than 1 percent of all girls who join the Girl Scouts. The award requires more than 80 hours of community service and a project-based plan that includes budgeting, working with a timeline, creating an implementation team and ensuring sustainable results.
The final line of the Girl Scout Promise, where girls pledge to “Make the World A Better Place” truly sums up the accomplishments and ongoing intentions of the girls in Troop 240.
For additional information on how your daughter can become a Girl Scout check out the Girl Scout Heart of Central California website at girlscoutshcc.org.