Girl Scouts of the USA is an almost century-old American institution, a sisterhood of more than 3.2 million girls and adults across the nation. The mission of Girl Scouting to “build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place” applies so well to our ultimate goal for the girls (and boys!) residing at Krause Children’s Center. So it was a natural fit to bring the Girl Scout mission and opportunity to Krause … and start our own troop!
Krause Troop # 17999 became a reality when eight Girl Scout ambassadors and troop leaders from Katy and surrounding areas arrived to share the Girl Scout experience, help get the troop started, and launch the first meeting. Initially, they were met with a wide range of responses—everything from pure excitement to suspicion and distrust.
Being a Girl Scout is all about girls discovering the “fun, friendship, and power of girls together” and once the meeting got underway, attitudes adjusted and the room filled with laughter, love, and hope. One activity involved each girl looking in the mirror and telling everyone who they saw. Reactions were emotional, as they each came to realize just how beautiful they truly are.
By the end of the meeting it was unanimous – the girls said that being in the Girl Scout troop was the best thing that had ever happened to them at Krause. From now on, for two hours twice a month, Troop #17999 will meet, share enriching experiences, and learn more about cooperating with others.
It wasn’t long before word of this amazing Girl Scout experience travelled through the halls of Krause. We have six more girls waiting to join the troop, and now the boys are asking for their own group too!