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As fresh as a daisy: New Girl Scout troop takes off in Shepherdstown

By Toni Milbourne - For the Chronicle | Sep 18, 2020

Leader Angelina Gray oversees as Daisy Girl Scouts Bella Gray, Sophia Hall and Isabella Orsini create bird feeders at Morgan's Grove Park. Toni Milbourne

SHEPHERDSTOWN — Morgan’s Grove Park provided the perfect location for Daisy Girl Scout Troop 15099 to gather for their first official meeting.

The troop, led by Angelina Gray, currently has three members.

The troop’s current members — Bella Gray, Sophia Hall and Isabella Orsini — enjoyed a walking tour of the park, provided by Jen Wabnitz, president of the Shepherdstown Community Club. The SCC is the owner of the park, and encourages groups and individuals to enjoy the park, as they try to find locations amenable to social distancing.

Prior to their tour, the group made bird feeders, as part of their efforts to earn a Girl Scout badge. The feeders were composed of pinecones covered with lard, and then rolled in bird seed.

While this was the group’s first official meeting, over the summer they have worked on earning other badges with such activities such as picking up trash, which they did at Morgan’s Grove Park. They also sent greetings to residents at Canterbury Center Assisted Living Facility.

According to Angelina, the girls believed that the “grandmas and grandpas must be lonely,” so they worked to collect items, including candy, word find books and stuffed animals, to place in gift bags for the center’s residents. The troop filled 60 goodie bags, and topped each off with a handmade card.

The troop’s official location will be at Trinity Episcopal Church, and is looking for more members to join. The Daisy age group in the Girl Scout hierarchy is made up of those in kindergarten and first grade. Angelina indicated that girls interested in other age levels may also contact her, as she serves as a Girl Scout organizer for the Shepherdstown area. She may be reached at gstroop15099@gmail.org, for additional information about the Daisy troop and Girl Scouts in general.

According to their national website, the Girl Scouts say their organization “unleashes the G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) in every girl and prepares her for a lifetime of leadership.” That preparation begins at the Daisy level, where the young girls, at least in the Shepherdstown troop, will focus on outside activities, STEM and entrepreneurship.

“There is also a once-in-a-lifetime badge the girls can earn, as Girl Scouts are working in conjunction with the National Park Service celebrating the centennial of the Women’s Suffrage movement,” Angelina said.

Each of the Daisies at the park on Saturday found different things they enjoyed about their Girl Scout journey so far.

“I liked to clean up trash,” Bella said, while Hall like s’mores and Orsini likes everything art related.

Even with such diverse tastes, the girls will find plenty of activities that coincide with their preferences, as they work in the future to advance in the Girl Scout organization.