Chelsea Clinton Girl Scouts
March 12, 2012 by staff
Chelsea Clinton Girl Scouts, A group of 8-year-old girls are already leaders. The fifth-graders in Junior Girl Scout Troop 3940 plan, budget and create menus for their frequent hiking and camping trips to places like Arches National Park in Utah.
This year marks the 100-year anniversary of Girl Scouts, and troops nationwide are celebrating by completing service projects using the theme of 100.
Leader Jodee Cronk’s troop set out to collect 100 books to give to the Western Slope Center for Children, a child advocacy center that provides services to child sexual abuse victims.
Director Shari Zen gave the scouts a tour of the center, explained how the organization serves children, and introduced the girls to its therapy dog.
“The girls wanted to collect 100 books — they ended up collecting 400,” Cronk said.
The scouts delivered additional books to the Homeward Bound homeless shelter for the guests there.
The girls also made flag pins out of red, white and blue ribbons to give to the 125 World War II veterans attending the final Western Slope Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.
The Girl Scout troop is also in the process of trying to convince restaurants to switch to biodegradable takeout containers made from sugarcane and other fiber-based products after they researched and discovered the negative effects that Styrofoam has on people and the environment.
Cronk’s daughter Anela, 10, has been a scout for five years and loves it.
“Our troop really is a team,” she said. “They’re genuinely good friends. They really support each other. They always want to learn something new. I’ve learned a lot, too.”
Girl Scouts are celebrating their 100th birthday Saturday, March 24, with a party at the National Guard Armory. Current Girl Scouts and alumni are invited. Troops will prepare displays representing different decades of Girl Scouting. There will also be a vintage fashion show of Girl Scouts modeling uniforms of the last 100 years.
There are more girls who want to join Girl Scouts than there are adults to lead them, said Cindi Graves, community relations manager for Girl Scouts of Colorado.
“We have about four girls currently trying to find troops to fit their schedules,” Graves said. “We’re always looking for good volunteers. It’s a big commitment.”
You don’t have to be a parent yourself to lead a troop, Graves said.
Famous women who were Girl Scouts include country pop singer Taylor Swift, Lucille Ball, Mary Tyler Moore and Chelsea Clinton.
Girl Scout alumni who wish to attend the 100-year anniversary party, or anyone interested in scouting or becoming a leader should call the Girl Scouts office at 970-242-4461.
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