Making a Difference

Our Girl Scout Troop in Mechanicsburg is making a difference in the world.

By Ellie Peters 

It is incredible what Girl Scouts can do when they put their minds to it. Troop 15089 located in Mechanicsburg, PA, is an amazing example of what Girl Scouts can do.  I have been a part of this troop since I was a brownie, and I have had so many amazing experiences. 

One example is that when we were Juniors, we built native bee boxes to protect the native bees.  The population of the native bees are declining, so our troop decided that it was time to make a change.  With the help of our leaders, and a partnership with the Carlisle Tool Library, we were able to build 14 bee boxes to place throughout the community. After doing this, we received our Bronze Awards.  These bee boxes will hopefully help bring back pollinators to our community. 

Other things our troop has done includes picking up trash in parks and neighborhoods and helping people in need.  Two examples of this are when we sent water purification tablets to people in Puerto Rico after a hurricane, and when we sewed together craft draft dodgers (draft stoppers) to donate to Habitat for Humanity. They prevent outdoor air from seeping into homes and helps to decrease electricity costs.   

These activities helped to raise awareness about important issues like water conservation, helping others, and pollution/littering.  

Troop 15089 has had plenty of exciting and thrilling trips and adventures too!  Some of my favorites were camping (of course!), having a sleepover at the Baltimore Aquarium, horseback riding, and hiking trips. We paid for most of these trips with the money we made from cookie sales. After all, there wouldn’t be Girl Scouts having fun without hard work coming first! 

The current project of Troop 15089 is planting potatoes. It sounds kind of strange at first, but we are planting them in burlap sacks from local coffee shops. So, instead of throwing the sacks away, we are upcycling the burlap sacks. Troop 15089 is going to donate some of the potatoes we grow to a local food bank.  We are also working on a website and a pamphlet to teach others how to do this. 

It is obvious that Troop 15089 is making a difference in the world, and having lots of fun too!