Submitted by Sandy Coulter, Troop Leader
Troop 21136 puts community service first – even when planning for the Girl Scout Cookie Program. At the beginning of the 2011 cookie season, the girls decided they wanted make improvements at Lenoir City Park.
We started with building butterfly boxes we learned about at Ijams Nature Center on a hike. Then, we wanted to repair a 40- foot wooden pedestrian bridge. However, after further inspection, we noticed that we needed to rebuild the entire bridge. So we really needed to push cookies to have the funds to do this project.
I worked closely with Steve Harrelson at the Lenoir City Parks and Recreation Department. He asked if we could come up with a way to build hand rails for a concrete pedestrian bridge at the park. We decided to rent a Bobcat auger and install concrete poles just before the bridge for safety and to keep people from driving across the bridge.
At this point we saw our budget for this project increase and needed to step it up on cookies. We booked more cookie booths and picked up a lot more cookies! We held our signs up and drew people in with our “pleases” and “thank you’s.” We let everyone know what we were trying to accomplish with our cookie money.
The troop spent more than $1,000 dollars in cookie money and invested 300 hours to complete the park projects.
But girl scouts isn’t all about the hard work of building bridges and cookie booths. We have lots of fun. We used some of our cookie funds for a swimming trip and to attend Girl Scout’s 100th Anniversary Celebration at the Oak Ridge Children’s Museum.
We use our cookie money and fall sale money to pay for earned patches and fun patches for events that we do as a troop—and had funds to cover financial aid for girls who can’t afford uniforms or other program costs.
The troop still has cookie money left and is planning a trip to Laser Quest.
The cookie sale push increased our Gift of Caring donations. We delivered 40 pounds of cookies to the Good Samaritan Food Bank in Lenoir City.