When most people think about Girl Scouts, they think Girl Scout Cookies. But what they may not realize is that the Girl Scout Cookie Sale is the largest girl-run business in the world, and those delicious cookies create positive community impact.
Meet Girl Scout Troop 1877. This troop is a Girl Scout community troop based in Overtown in Miami, Fla. Formed in October of 2017, this group of girls is brand new to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and this winter was their first Girl Scout Cookie Sale.
When these 12 girls came together to plan their Cookie Sale, they chose to donate a portion of their proceeds to benefit the local homeless shelter.
“These girls are so appreciative of the support they’ve received, that they wanted to pay it forward and help others in their community. And they did,” says Shanea Reed, Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida Program Manager. “Their goal was 300 boxes, and they ended up selling 432 boxes. We are so proud of all they accomplished and the spirit of community that they’ve shown so far.”
Girl Scout Troop 1877 is part of Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida’s Community Troops program. Funded by the United Way of Miami-Dade and The Miami Foundation, Community Troops addresses the need for proven, high-quality educational and leadership development opportunities for girls ages 5-17 who reside in low income communities and affordable housing developments in Miami-Dade County. Troop 1877 is also funded by The City of Miami's Historic Black Police Precinct Museum and Courtroom.
Learn more about Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida's Community Troops here.