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April 2, 2007

Winsted Girl Scouts donate cards and think ahead

The Ronald McDonald House and Scouts benefit from Thinking Day

By Jennifer Gallus
Staff Writer

With cookie deliveries complete, the Winsted Girl Scouts celebrated National Girl Scout Thinking Day March 24 in the Holy Trinity cafeteria with 25 Scouts in attendance.

Thinking Day is an annual event dedicated as a day for all Scouts to learn something new about Girl Scouts in other areas and cultures.

This year’s theme was Alaska. The Scouts learned many facts about this state from Evelyn Fowler, Girl Scout Service Unit Manager, as well as sampled some Alaskan foods, like salmon spread, and made their own trail mix.

“Most of the girls hadn’t tried salmon before so it was a new food for them – most actually liked it,” said Winsted Girl Scout Troop Leader Kathy Condon.

The girls also made snowman hats with chocolate and marshmallows to represent the cold climate of Alaska.

Nine door prizes were given out, which were Alaskan dream catchers that featured wolves on them. Wolves are sacred to Alaskan culture, Condon noted.

Four rotations were made around the room, with four stations set up for the Scouts to visit.

Along with the Alaskan fact station, hosted by Fowler, and the snowman hat-making station, Dawn Olchefske of Waverly, a Stampin’ Up demonstrator, made cards with the Scouts, some to keep and some to donate to the Ronald McDonald House.

“Stampin’ Up’s national charity is the Ronald McDonald House. Since I’m too far away to volunteer at the house, I get my friends, family, and customers to make up cards to donate to the Twin Cities location,” Olchefske said.

The girls made three cards each, kept two for themselves, and donated one.

The fourth station was hosted by Jennifer Gallus from the Herald Journal who talked with the Scouts about her accomplishments and how girls can aspire to be anything they want.

The girls, in turn, shared their future career dreams with Gallus.

The Scouts ended their day with the traditional Brownie circle goodbye.

“It was so quiet in the room that day. When it’s quiet like that you know the girls are listening,” Condon said.


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