Monday, May 20, 2019

A Weekend of Service to honor Girl Scouts

From May 17-19 Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes (GSNWGL) created A Weekend of Service in honor of the lives tragically lost in Troop 3055 last November.

Girl Scouts in their council and across the country are encouraged to participate in a service project as a way to continue the work that the troop began. Girls who participate in a service project through this program are able to order the GSNWGL Weekend of Service Patch. The patch must be ordered before June 15.

For ideas and more information about A Weekend of Service, review the patch guidelines.

A Message from Robin Kelley, Leader of Troop 3055:

Everyone in our troop here in beautiful Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, enjoys the many activities we do each year, especially the outdoor activities. We value nature and the beauty of the outdoors and it is a lot more enjoyable when there isn't garbage everywhere. This is why, on November 3rd, 2018, our troop decided to participate in an Adopt-a-Highway program. We knew that this service project would make a difference and once we got out there, we couldn't believe the trash we found! In my group alone, we found lots of cans and plastic bottles, and even an old fishing pole and a tire.

Unfortunately, our activity ended tragically when a driver crossed the centerline and went in the ditch at full speed killing three of our Girl Scout members, one being my daughter. We lost one adult helper who was the mother of one of the girls we lost. One girl, an older sister of one of my troop members, was seriously injured and survived miraculously. She continues to amaze everyone with her recovery every day.

We are devastated but know that one of the best ways Girl Scouts across the nation can honor these four beautiful people that we lost, is to continue the work we began. All service projects that help our environment are so important because this is our earth to take care of and you can make a difference! Help us honor the memory of those we lost by continuing their work and thank you for all that you do in Girl Scouts.