Written by Denver Metro Area Troop 640 leader, Crystal Ellis
Our Girl Scout Cadette troop consisting of six girls decided to acknowledge the volunteers at Habitat for Humanity as our Hometown Heroes through the 2011 Cookie Program. The girls felt that the organization contributes to the community by helping people have a home of their own made them heroes. The troop collected 61 boxes of cookies and delivered them to a building site last spring, where they met with the volunteers working on the house. The girls were given a tour of the “home,” and a brief overview on blueprints and carpentry.
The troop did not want to stop at collecting cookies, and expressed interest in contributing more to Habitat for Humanity. However, due to age restrictions, helping to build a home was not an option. So the girls investigated what Habitat needed and decided to try their hand at carpentry. They chose to build flower boxes. They spent their troop funds on supplies and a Saturday afternoon in the garage. They learned about carpentry and picked up a few power tools! The troop built five flower boxes.
This fall, our troop was invited to participate in a home dedication on September 11, 2011 in Aurora, Colo. The girls went shopping for flowers and potting soil so the homeowner could plant the flowers in the boxes. The troop toured the finished home. They were amazed to see the finished product, thinking back to the building site they visited in the spring. All this started with blueprints and wood, combined with the hard work and dedication of the many volunteers at Habitat for Humanity!
The troop was very proud to be a part of the dedication ceremony and were given a moment for our Troop Cookie Director to say a few words. The girls placed the finished flower boxes on the porch railing to give the homeowners something to add to their new home.
“It was great to do something for all of the volunteers that work so hard to help other people. I am happy we could help and make a difference in the life of another person,” explained Rachel, a Girl Scout and member of Troop 640.
Our troop discovered many things about themselves, the community and the world through this service project. But the thing that stood out the most for them is that there really is no place like home.