Imagine a world in which failure and fear don’t exist. When your best try becomes a miss, there is no crowd of sneering eyes to proclaim your defeat. In this lovely world, you are fearless because you have a support system as solid as the mountains to cheer you on again. Can you picture it?
While this concept may seem like an excerpt from a fairytale, it is precisely what the mothers and girls of Troop 1445 have found in one another; family, support, and love.
Girl Scout Mom, Leah Worthy, believes this support system has been invaluable to their family. “My little girl gets to spend time with a great group of girls. I know she doesn’t have to worry about being judged for being herself.”
The Troop 1445 family began with 2 neighbors who simply wanted to spend more quality time with their daughters. However, the Girl Scout Experience took the founding members on an unexpected, but incredible journey. Through camping, cookie sales, new members, and service projects, Girl Scouts became the favorite pastime, a relationship builder, and an unexpected family.
Girl Scout Mom, Susan Conner, warmly reflects about her Girl Scout experience, “I can’t be at school when she learns. I can’t be in sports activities during practice to guide. But, I can stand by her side and the side of our amazing troop to be supportive in all our endeavors. Troop 1445 is not done. We are on a journey to inspire our children, and children around the world.”
The Girl Scout Moms of the troop affectionately refer to themselves as “Troop Beverly Hills”. Every member is completely fun and unapologetically fabulous in every way. Their troop motto is “Go big or go home!” Accordingly so, Troop 1445 wanted to make Bridging to Juniors an unforgettable occasion. They wanted to celebrate the movement that has changed their lives forever.
The entire troop set their hearts on traveling to the birthplace of Girl Scouts in Savannah, Georgia. Their goal was “Savannah or Bust!” and by the end of cookie season, the troop had sold enough to fund their trip. Reservations were made, and suit cases packed for an unforgettable Girl Scout journey.
On a warm sunny morning, at the start of summer, the troop traveled down to Georgia together. The girls laughed and sang the whole way, but the moms of “Troop Beverly Hills” didn’t mind. Everyone was too excited for the trip to be bothered by anything else.
Girl Scout Morgan Eckard remarked, “My favorite part of the trip was getting to spend time with my Girl Scout sisters.”
Troop 1445 rented a beach house on Tybee Island, just outside of Savannah. During their trip, the group toured the Juliette Gordon Low house, learned about sea life at the Marine Biology Center, went on a ghost tour, and held a surprise birthday party for their troop leader. The highlight of the trip, however, was the opportunity to perform the Bridging Ceremony on the beach.
Troop leader Amanda Fisher described the beach front ceremony, “There was just something special about seeing each girl walk down the bridge, take off her Brownie vest, say the Girl Scout Promise, and put on her new Junior vest.”
Troop 1445 may not share the familial ties of blood, but they are bound by the unshakable bond of sisterhood. The sisterhood of a Girl Scout.
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