"Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." (Joshua 1:9).
Our Service Unit Leadership Team asks that all girls attending these events bring an item for donation. In the past, they have collected underwear and socks, personal care items (like toothpaste and deoderant), or canned and other nonperishable food items. These donations are then given to a local shelter for abused women and their children. Sadly, some of these women and children are forced to seek shelter and spend a birthday away from home. My favorite collection requested from our Service Unit has been Birthday Bags.
In talking with other leaders, I was told some troops are given a budget, and they have to work together to fill these bags while staying within their budget. This not only counts as a service project, but their shopping trip may fulfill specific badge requirements. Our Daisy troop recently bridged to Brownies. This coming year they will use some of the money they earn through cookie sales and work together at a local store to fill these bags. They will work on their "Money Manager" Brownie badge. More about that later...
During our first year in Girl Scouts, the girls voted to spend a portion of their cookie money to go horseback riding. Since they were Daisies, we were restricted to pony rides. I contacted a woman who trains horses and instructs young riders at a nearby stable. She was willing to discuss horse care and riding safety with our girls before allowing the girls to ride. Many of our girls had never been so close to a horse, so they were again required to be courageous and strong. I was so proud of them for stepping outside their comfort zone.
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