Troop 1029 hits town

Diante Phillip

The girls in Troop 1029 make it a point to do their share in the community.  Every year the girls visit the nursing home during the Christmas holidays to spend time with their elder citizens.  While singing Christmas carols, they uplift the senior citizens by bringing homemade Christmas cards.

“We cut out pictures, then place them on folded cards. We give them to the people at the nursing home after we sing Christmas songs and it’s really fun,” says Girl Scout Whitney Jones, 9. 

The greater the work, the greater the reward.  This holds true in Donaldsonville’s Girl Scout Club.  The girls participate in many activities including visiting Southern University, riding on a float in the Christmas parade in downtown Donaldsonville, and trips to the movie theater or an evening dinner. The annual mother - daughter banquet will be held in early April.

“Creating different kinds of jewelry is my favorite part. I’ve been a girl scout since I was in the first grade, now I’m in the eighth,” explains Girl Scout By’real Freeman, 14. ”My favorite trip was when we went to the movies and watched Beyonce’ in the movie Dreamgirls.”   

The Girl Scouts also offer summer programs. Starting in June the girls get together for one month or two to learn what it takes to be a girl scout.  These summer sessions also allow former Girl Scouts to become involved with the program again; they help the sponsors teach the younger kids, and it grows every year.

All Girl Scouts are known for their delicious tasting cookies. Troop 1029 isn’t any different. The troop is expected to grace the community with cookie sales at the end of the month.

“This year we exceeded our expectations by raising a little over $3,500. With only ten days to sell, our wonderful parents made our Girl Scout cookie fundraiser a success,” says, Campbell.

The girl Scouts success is measured upon the hard work of its dedicated sponsors. These are the people that take ordinary girls and turn them into extraordinary Girl Scouts.

“I love helping out the community,” says Kraemer, second grade teacher at Donaldsonville Primary.  “Being a Girl Scout sponsor gives me a chance to give back, as well as seeing my former students pass to the next grade level. Seeing the girls once a week gives us some time to catch up on everything.”

Whether it’s community service, learning about character, or just hanging out and having fun, the girls in Troop 1029 are destined to travel down the right path because they are and forever will be Girl Scouts and live by the Girl Scout motto.