The 11 girls in Girl Scout Troop No. 6363 are branching out from cookie and candy sales and will have a spaghetti dinner fundraiser Saturday to raise funds for community projects and an end-of-year trip.
Hosted by Leonard Street Baptist Church, "Spaghetti Dinner and Girl Scout Dessert" will be at 6 p.m. at 625 Leonard St. The dinners will be $10 each, and a "sweet treat" auction will follow the dinner.
"Without funds, my troop can't do a whole lot in the community because currently we have no funds," Troop Leader Jenny Pratt said.
With a small troop consisting of grades K-11, Pratt said they have to come up with multiple community projects for all grade levels involved.
"I seem to get the girls who don't have a group home, so I inherit all of them and the younger girls, we have to do a few younger things like planting a garden," she said. "Serving at Jackson House is one of their favorite things to do because they like fixing the food and they like serving the window."
The troop also plans to utilize its funds to improve the Girl Scout Radford House Camp, Pratt said.
Because of past volunteer work done at Leonard Street Baptist by the troop, the church initiated the fundraiser idea, Pratt said.
The church "reached out to us and said they would love to donate their time and their building for us because we had gone over and done some stuff for them as well," she said. "We've gone over and worked in the churchyard, we have helped with some of their swings and stuff like that."
Pratt noted the troop has worked "really, really hard" on the fundraising event.
"They had to come up with the menu, they had to figure out how much this was going to cost each plate, they had to really work to put this together," she said. "The girls are going to serve, it's a really big thing that they have worked on and they're super proud of it, so we really want as many people to come out and support them as they can."
The destination of the end-of-year trip has yet to be decided.
"The trip at the end of the year provides a chance for the girls to visit places that they might never have a chance to see," Pratt said. "It teaches them outdoor skills, teamwork and even budgeting skills."
The troop is diverse in that the girls come from schools across Garland County, serving as a representation of the "whole community," Pratt said.
The spaghetti dinner will be held Saturday, but Girl Scout cookie season is right around the corner.
"The upcoming cookie season teaches the girls business skills," Pratt said. "They learn how to market their products and how to budget their money. It also teaches them how to work with the public. We are looking forward to the dinner and the rest of what this Girl Scout season holds."Local on 02/14/2020
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