Farragut has a passion for empowering all of its students, big and small. The Girl Scouts Troop #853 is lead this year by Residential Life Instructor, Danette Locklear, and Commandant Office Assistant, Beverly Gonczar.
The troop has been very busy since they initially formed up as a group back in the fall. There are many levels of scouts in this troop – ranging from the youngest, which are the Daisies, to the more mature girls, the Juniors and Cadets!
The girls all started out by learning all about safety and how to protect themselves in a fire, tornado, and during household emergency situations. They also learned how to apply first aid. This enabled them to earn both the safety and first aid badges.
“I enjoyed helping,” said Officer Mike, who is the lead officer for Farragut’s security team with Critical Intervention Services (CIS). “First aid is important for all students to learn, especially at such a young age. If you create a good foundation now, it can help them in any situation they may find themselves in.”
The girls also do many crafts. They made Veteran’s Day cards and handed them out to the veterans at Bay Pines Hospital. They also made special picture frames for Thanksgiving and decorative wreaths at Christmas time for their families.
On their first field trip, they sang Christmas carols to the veterans at Bay Pines Veterans Hospital. They also made cards and handed them out to our veterans. “Many of the veterans were moved to tears when they sang to them,” said Miss Beverly. “The vets felt loved and cared for by the girls.”
Their troops next adventure will be cookie sales. The girls have learned the ways to market the cookies, enter orders on the forms, count their money, and how to treat customers with courtesy. “All the money they earn will allow them to go on their first camping trip in the spring and they are very, very excited,” said Danette Locklear.