Each October, young girls in the Chester area are preparing to begin a new year in Girl Scouting. Various troops will be formed and meet through the school year with closing ceremonies in June.
Girl Scout troops 980 and 750 gave a review of their year during closing ceremonies last June. Along with their fund raisers of cookie and peanut sales, the girls’ outside adventures included an adventure at Camp Kittamaqund, skating, marching in the Christmas Parade, a Southpark Mall Lock-In, a talent show at Lucy Corr Nursing Home, a Police Safety class and Girl Scout Day at the Diamond and Kings Dominion.
Their service projects included the Veteran’s Day Ceremony at Chesterfield Courthouse, the Grand Illumination at Chester Gazebo, caroling at Lucy Corr Nursing Home, the James River Clean-Up and, for three months, worked on their largest project, the sewing of 55 pillowcase dresses for “The Little Dress” for children in Haiti.
Missionaries Rosa Jones and her family, and former Councilwoman Willie Dell, of Richmond, worked closely with the girls and delivered the “Little Dresses” to Haiti. Ms. Dell also spoke at the girls’ closing ceremony.
The girls said they could not have completed the large project without the support and help of their families and people who donated pillowcases, fabric, trims, elastic, ribbons, and supplies to make and decorate the 55 pillowcase dresses. Special thanks to Chesterfield 4-H Cloverbuds and 4-H Business Bunch Clubs, Mary Jones and her church seniors, Pat Leadbetter, Diaz Tompkins, Devin Durham, Mary Ball Massey and Maria Antoinette Interiors and Designers Market.
Girl Scout Troops 980 (Daisies & Brownies) and 750 (Junior Cadets, Seniors and Ambassadors) also give special thanks to the Chester YMCA for the use of their meeting room, and Red Wing Shoes (Chester) for allowing cookie sales in front of their business. Their Gift of Caring Locations are located in the Chesterfield Fire Departments, Chesterfield Police Units, Chester YMCA and Lucy Corr Nursing Home. For those interested, Girl Scout Troops 980 and 750 hope more girls will join in the fun and activities. They meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays at the Chester YMCA Daycare facility at 6:45 p.m. To find a troop near you, visit the Girls Scouts of the Commonwealth website at www.comgirlscouts.org  - Chester Service Unit.