By: Carleen Lattin, Troop Leader in Elmira
Lots of girls all bundled up ready to place their “edible ornaments” (such as popcorn on a string and fruit loops on a string), on the Christmas tree at the Elmira Heights Fire Department. The girls were all laughing and singing Christmas songs. They were making different crafts while learning about how other countries celebrate the holidays, which is not always Christmas, at the Holidays Around the World Event. This was the energy that could be felt on that Saturday in every girl and adult leader and volunteer in Elmira Heights.
Girls from the Elmira Riverbanks and Pegasus (Horseheads and Elmira Heights) service units joined forces to put on this joint event. The Elmira Riverbanks service unit started this type of event last year thanks to the idea by adult volunteers. The country that each troop chose will also be the country they use for the World Thinking Day event in the spring, where the girls learn about other countries that have Girl Scouts and Girl Guides and present what they have learned to other troops. It is always a fun event and anticipated each year.
Later that same week, the girls from Troops 40026 and 41406 in Elmira visited the Chemung County Nursing Facility for caroling and passing out Christmas cards. These troops did that last year at the same facility and then visited them on Valentine’s Day as well. The residents love it! The same troops will also be collecting pet supplies for the Elmira Animal Shelter, as part of a project that will conclude the requirements for the girls to earn the animal badges they have been working on.
Girl Scouts is definitely alive and well and we’re proud to show that enthusiasm. Fond memories for me personally, both as a girl as well as an adult, have been made from being involved in Girl Scouts. My other goals on my “bucket list” are to visit the Juliette Low Birthplace in Savannah, Georgia and the four world centers in Mexico, England, Switzerland and India. Time will tell!
Every girl and adult should be part of this wonderful organization. Your girls will thank you later in their futures when you do.