Celebrating St. Mary’s Girl Scouts

A Girl Scout crossing a bridge during an investiture, rededication and bridging ceremony at St. Mary’s Home. (photo by Lidia Gonzales) 

By Norma Loomis, evening program support technician 

Family, friends and staff recently gathered to celebrate with several new, current and former members of Girl Scout Troop #5067, the troop at St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children.

Amelia, Alexandria and Jennifer became Girl Scouts during an investiture ceremony on Tuesday in St. Mary’s Atrium. In addition, four girls who already belong to the troop – Alysha, Ashley, Koko and Lauren – rededicated themselves to Girl Scouts, while two former residents of St. Mary’s Home – Victoria and Michelle  –  took part in a “bridging” to mark their growth and their transition to the next level as Scouts. Environmental services staff at St Mary’s Home built the wonderful bridge for the “bridging” ceremony.

The entire ceremony was a great way for parents, friends and staff to come together and support these girls and young women. During the ceremony, we learned that the Girl Scout mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. It was so exciting to see the members of Girl Scout Troop #5067 proudly wearing their sashes as a symbol of their accomplishment throughout the years as part of the troop. This is something that the new members look forward to.

Girl Scouts build meaningful relationships between the troop and people around them as well as creating memories for these young girls.

Cookie Season is Here

The Girl Scouts of Troop #5067 at St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children sure are smart cookies.

They stationed themselves near the employee time clock this afternoon, and on pay day no less. One Scout, Victoria, hit a switch on her voice output device to tell passersby, “Don’t leave before buying any Girl Scout cookies.”

Staff and other visitors were powerless to resist the pull of the Scouts’ Thin Mints, Lemon Chalet Cremes and Tagalongs.

The Girl Scouts will be back in place tomorrow afternoon.

Beyond Cookies: Girl Scouts Make Thank-You Cards

School may be out this week for spring break, but the Girl Scouts of Troop #5067 at St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children  had some paperwork to do today. 

The Scouts gathered in our Atrium to make cards, stamping and gluing and picking out paper in pretty colors. They created beautiful thank-you cards for SMHDC staff to mail to supporters.
In this photo, 17-year-old Ashley works on a card with a bit of help from Kathryn Simmons, an intern in the Recreational Therapy Department.
Would you like a unique thank-you card created by one of St. Mary’s Girl Scouts? Leave a comment on the blog by midnight (Eastern time) on April 19. One lucky commenter’s name will be drawn at random to receive a card.