Troop 6000 Learning To Become Role Models and Future Leaders

The Girl Scout mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.  Almost two million girls belong to this stellar organization, and among these are 20 very special young woman comprising Troop 6000.  Troop 6000 is the first in New York City designated solely for homeless girls.  These girls are learning to become role models and future leaders of their community and perhaps someday of the world!  In interviews, the girls of Troop 6000 talked about what they wanted to be when they grew up with answers ranging from fashion designer to pediatrician, from basketball player to engineer.  Silkia, a 9-year-old, said: “I’m going to get mad money and help the homeless!”

14-year-old Hailey is the oldest girl in the troop.  As she puts it: “We’re starting a chain reaction ...  There will be more Girl Scout troops who live in shelters!”  In New York City, children make up nearly 40 percent of the roughly 60,000 people in the city’s primary shelter system, so there are lots more girls to be reached.  Come on all you other American communities, let’s make Hailey’s prophecy come true in shelters, migrant worker camps, and public housing across the country!


Good News Counts,



Girl Scout sends cookies to soldiers overseas

Thanks to one Rosemount second grader, Girl Scout cookie season made it to Afghanistan this year.

Bella Johnson, a student at Shannon Park Elementary School, was in the middle of selling cookies earlier this year when she decided she wanted to do something to help other people. She wasn’t sure exactly what she wanted to do at first. She just knew she wanted to help.

“I thought for a couple of days and I decided I wanted to help soldiers, because we were talking about how hard it was over there,” Johnson said.

Tim Roberts, a former neighbor and friend of the family, has served three tours as a member of the Air Force’s Flying Vikings. Johnson’s own father served eight years in the Army.

“He tells me stories about how bad it was,” Johnson said. “He said the worst thing was the spiders and the snakes.”

As she made her rounds, Johnson asked people if they wanted to buy an additional box of cookies to send overseas. Very few people turned her down, and a few who didn’t want cookies for themselves bought a box to donate. By the time she was done, she had gotten about 450 boxes donated. The Girl Scouts added another 400, and when Roberts made a trip back to Minnesota carrying wounded soldiers, she sent the cookies with him for the return trip.

Johnson had done community service projects before through Girl Scouts, but never anything quite like this.

“I was older. I thought I was more capable of doing something bigger than I could when I was a Daisy Girl Scout,” Johnson said.

Johnson got to see the fruits of her efforts two weeks ago when Roberts’ wife delivered a package of her own. In a binder, Johnson now has letters from Roberts and from a medical director who has been handing the cookies out to wounded soldiers. Both thanked her for thinking of the soldiers. She also got patches from their uniforms and a camouflaged tube of lip balm. Johnson received the delivery at school.

The delivery, like the project that inspired it, was well received. It might even have inspired more good deeds.

“I was kind of really proud,” Johnson said. “I told a lot of my friends about it. They said they want to do something as good as I did.”



Hansen, Nathan. "A good deed done with good taste". The Rosemount Town Pages. 2 June 2012. Web. 

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