OSAGE | “Building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place,” is the motto of the Girls Scouts.
Girl Scouts have been busy all across Mitchell County this past year engaging young girls in activities which support their motto. Girl Scout Week is March 11-17. The Girl Scout birthday on March 12 commemorates the day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the organization’s first 18 girl members in Savannah, Ga. This year, 2018, represents the 106th birthday of Girl Scouts in the United States.
Some highlights of the Osage troops’ activities, this past year, include many exciting and memorable activities.
Some things that the Osage troops have done this year include:
First grade Daisy Troop
*Made flower pots & bath bomb for Mother’s Day
*Visited the police station for safety information
*Earned several daisy patches
*Painted snowmen out of stair rails for Christmas gifts
*Painted at Create
Third Grade Troop
• Bell ringing at Christmas time
• Donated to the Giving Tree at the Hardware Hank.
• Went Christmas caroling.
• Hoping to plant a tree in town and do “adopt a highway” before the end of this school year and scouting year.
Fifth Grade Troop
*Worked on a stem badge where they experimented with electricity
*Made a small robot
*Learned about code language
*Went to the Bluedorn Science Imaginarium in Waterloo for a field trip about science
*Sold cookies at the grocery store during cookie sales.
*Went to the grocery store to learn to read labels
*Had a fitness class at the CRC to learn about staying fit
Eighth Grade Troop
Troop 20243 has been working with Chelsea Rowcliffe, Mitchell County Conservation for their Silver Award. The Silver Award is the highest award a Cadet troop can earn. Their project is to build, install, and set up a learning pollinator garden at Lincoln Elementary School. The hexagonal garden has been build and was set in place this fall.
The troop helped serve meals for the Women’s Auxiliary VFW supper and the VFW ribeyes suppers throughout the past year.
As a fundraiser, the troop made items for a garage sale, including art work, signs and baked goods. This year, they will host another garage sale during May city-wide sales with more handmade items.
The troop was in charge of the Veteran spaghetti dinner held in November, which involved all the Osage Girl Scout troops.
As a Unit
* Cleaned up the community garden at the park in Riceville for Earth Day
*Went roller skating in the spring when school got out
*Marched in the Memorial and Fourth of July parades
*Had a food booth and manned the gate at the Cedar River Rendezvous. Some girls camped this weekend.
*Had nut and candy sales in the fall.
*In November, did the Veteran’s Day spaghetti supper
*Caroled at the nursing homes in December
*Had a Christmas party at the VFW
*A cookie rally was conducted in January then the girls went swimming after
*World Thinking Day was done in February with an Olympic theme. The girls got to taste food from different countries and compete in different events
*Cookie sale going on now with a pot luck supper this month to finish out the sales.
According to Service Unit Leader for Mitchell County Girl Scouts Shelly Parks, each troop meets at various times and locations. Some locations are the public library, school, emergency center, nature center and Osage VFW.
Each troop works on various journeys or badges teaching the girls skills they can utilize through life. Some badges focus on science themes, financial independence, caring for the Earth, cooperation with others, etc. Each troop has the girls select their journeys and badges to teach the girls responsibility and independence.
Many girls continue to attend camps in the summer at Camp Tanglefoot. Girls have participated in Mason City Council events such as the Powder Puff Derby.
Those interested in having their daughter join Girl Scouts should contact the Girls Scouts of Greater Iowa office in Mason City at 641-423-3044.