September 2012 marked the start of GS Troop 4298’s sixth year at King Greenleaf Recreation Center. This is the first year that our troop includes Cadettes (Grades 6-8). We have four Cadettes in our troop: one founding troop member—Breanna Vann—plus Nyah Anderson, McKenzie Maddox and MarkBreanna Mathis, who all bridged from Juniors to Cadettes last year. The Cadettes started the year with a beach retreat in Ocean City, MD where they planned this year’s badges and the troop service project. We celebrated the girls’ first “semester” as Cadettes with high tea at the Henley Park Hotel.

As excited as we are to have our first Cadettes, we love working with all the girls in our multilevel troop, which includes Daisies (K-1), Brownies (2-3) and Juniors (4-5). All of the levels have been working hard on their badges, learning the Girl Scout promise, contributing to the Girl Scout council’s SHARE program through the troops annual Jingle Bell Jewelry Sale in December and gearing up for Cookie Sale Season. Pre-orders for Girl Scout Cookies ended mid-January, but we will begin holding cookie booth sales on March 3. Look for us outside SAFEWAY near the Waterfront Metro and other locations on Capitol Hill! Our planned booth sales are:

  • Sunday, March 3 – 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Port City Java at Eastern Market
  • Sunday, March 17 – 12:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Waterfront Safeway
  • Sunday, March 24 – 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Frager’s Hardware on Capitol Hill

Cookies are $4.00 a box, and 60 cents from each box sold goes directly to our troop. This money helps to fund our camping trip, badge activities, an end of the year field trip and many other programs. The camping trip is always a highlight of the year for girls and leaders alike—last year’s camping trip included canoeing, cooking by campfire, hiking with a compass, star gazing and tossed homemade ice cream. Many of these experiences are a first time experience for our girls, and we hope to continue providing these opportunities.

For more information on Troop 4298 activities, membership, cookie sales, or how you can help our troop, please contact us at girlscoutsswdc@gmail.com or 202-570-GIRL (4475).

We hope to see you at one of our cookie booths in March and Happy New Year from GS Troop 4298!

By Elizabeth Early

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