Girl Scout Troop 386 has been active! We have added 3 new Brownie Scouts and are proud to have 24 active Scouts as well as 6 Leaders. At our recent awards ceremony, 4 of our Brownie Scouts, Madelyn Bull, Talia Bedolla, Destiny Rollins, and Cassy Tellez, achieved the highest honor possible for their level! They received Summit Pins for their efforts in completing 3 Journeys. Each Journey contains 3 educational badges but also requires a Take Action Project where Scouts find meaningful ways to impact the lives of others and make the world a better place. Our Juniors are currently working on their highest honor, the Bronze Award, with a project intended to provide at least 50 comfort bags to local foster children. Each backpack will contain personal hygiene items and a blanket or stuffed toy. To fund their project, the girls have held a car wash and reached out to local businesses for assistance with great success.
Did you know the Girl Scout Slogan used since 1912 is, “Do a good turn daily.”? This slogan is a reminder of the many ways girls can contribute positively to the lives of others. During cookie season, our girls have voted to give back to our community in several ways. In our Gift of Change, cookie funds will be used to purchase a kid sized table and chair set for the children’s section of the Safford Public Library. The have also allotted $386 to purchase hygiene supplies for local school nurses to be distributed to youth in need.
On Sunday 1/26, Girl Scouts sold cookies at FUMC and also collected donation boxes to be mailed to Airman Chandler Hunter. We are proud to report that with your generous support we collected 2 full cases of cookies, 24 boxes, to be shipped overseas! Girl Scout Troop 386 thanks you for your support of the Hunter Family.
We are happy to report the Scouts BSA Charters for the Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop have been successfully renewed! As of January, our Cub Scout Pack 5023 is the last remaining group in the Gila Valley. We are currently serving 17 youth members with 6 adult Den Leaders. At our 1/29 awards ceremony, 57 individual achievements were awarded including 7 Bobcat ranks, the first rank earned for those brand new to scouting. We appreciate the assistance of FUMC in helping us fund our charter and awards through a concession stand at the annual craft fair. We are grateful for your support! The youth also won a first place prize in the local Festival of Trees with a theme of Strengthening Youth through the values of Scout Law.
Boy Scout Troop 5023 now serves 12 youth with 3 Scoutmasters. Our Troop kicked off their new year of scouting with a Snow Campout at Shannon Campground in late January. We are also proud to announce that one of our cross registered youths, Andrew Kunz, completed a service project at Discovery Park building barriers alongside the entry road. Following project completion, he was awarded his Eagle Rank on December 17, 2019.
We are excited to celebrate Scout Sunday with FUMC on February 23rd. This is a very special Scout Sunday as it marks the 100th anniversary of the partnership between the United Methodists and Scouts BSA. The need for Scouting in the Gila Valley has not decreased. We are always looking for merit badge counselors, guest speakers, and youth mentors. If you would like to assist the 5023 Scouting programs, please let Heather Bull know at 480-262-1312.
In January, several Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Leaders from 5023 joined other local Scouts to act as Color Guard for the Melvin Jones Lions International Memorial Ceremony.