When a girl says, "I can't wait to" you know she is excited about what her future holds. Whether it's a trip, a game or a movie, that wide-eyed anticipation is one of the best parts of childhood.
At Girl Scouts, girls are always counting down to their next adventure. For girls in Sugar Grove Troop 36680, their Girl Scouting adventures started on December 9, 2013-the day they first met as a troop.
"They are hardworking little girls who plan on making a difference," said Shauna Anderson, the girls' troop leader.
Top Row: Layla Edwards, Micki Dyke, Carlee Sowers, Kristen Oaks, Aleya Proctor, Hannah Newcamp, Emma Sanders, Megan Evans. Kendra Chase and Shauna Anderson Bottom Row: Allie Barr, Rebecca Penley, Kialyn Murphy, Angel Beaver, Kayla Oaks, Kassidy Richards, Riley Evan, Kyli Thom, and Eryn McAleer.
Top Row, left to right: Emma Sandra, Kendra Chase, Hannah Newcamp, Carlee Sowers Middle Row: Kyli Thom, Allie Barr, Eryn McAleer, Cadance Jewart, Kayla Oaks Bottom Row: Riley Evan, Layla Edwards, Kialyn Murphy
Girl Scouts in Troop 36680 aim to collect 200,000 tabs by May 5, 2014, to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Hardworking is right. In five short months, the girls-who range from kindergarten to fifth grade-have earned 40 badges and completed several community projects.
One of the projects turns trash into cash for cause that's close to home.
They are collecting aluminum tabs from cans of soda, soup, pet food and vegetables to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities. Ronald McDonald House Charities serves 600 families annually by allowing them to stay at the Ronald McDonald house while their child is sick or injured in the hospital.
Anderson is touched by the girls' choice of charities for this project. "My family actually stayed at Ronald McDonald House when I had heart surgery as a child."
The recycling company the girls work with matches the value of the tabs they collect, doubling their contribution to the charity.
The Girl Scouts set a goal to collect 50,000 tabs between February 24 and May 5. They met their goal on March 31.
Though they reached their goal handily, the girls didn't quit. They raised-and met-their goal twice, 100,000 and 150,000 tabs respectively.
Now the girls are on their fourth goal for the project-to collect 200,000 tabs by May 5, 2014.
To celebrate their hard work and success in collecting tabs for Ronald McDonald House Charities, the girls will enjoy a skating party in May at the Russell Roller Rink.
"They enjoy working to reach their goals," Anderson added. "But they love to have fun, too."
The girls are now counting down to another big adventure. They set a goal for this year's Girl Scout Cookie Program to earn enough proceeds for a special trip.
The girls took orders for Girl Scout Cookies in January, and sold cookies at five cookie booths in Sugar Grove in February and March.
"We had three sales at the Bucket Cafe, one at Wilcox's True Value, and one at Kwik Fill," Anderson explained. "We can't thank those businesses enough for that opportunity."
To no surprise, they surpassed their goal-doubling the number of boxes they aimed to sell-and are looking forward to their trip to Splash Lagoon, an indoor water park in Erie, in May.
Many girls in the Warren region are excited for what they can do in Girl Scouts, but more volunteers are needed to help guide them. Visit gswpa.org to learn more about becoming a volunteer.