In September 2018, we formed our first all-Latina troop through the Latino Outreach Initiative. Today, we have three all-Latina troops and more than 670 Latina girls in traditional and L.E.A.D troops across our 39 counties!
Over the past year, the Girl Scout experience has opened the door for opportunities and life-long skills for the new Latina troops. Although this was their first year in Girl Scouts, these troops gained the confidence to explore their interests and try new things. Girls had the opportunity to work on a variety of badges, sell Girl Scout Cookies and Fall Product, go camping, and participate in many outdoor activities like canoeing or horseback riding.
Cadette and Senior Troop 6010 loves the outdoors and community service. Their favorite activity was working on the Animal Helpers and Voice for Animal badge. Because of their love for animals, Troop 6010 learned about different animal issues and visited local organizations that help advocate for animals.
Troop 6011 is a Brownie and Junior troop who enjoys camping and product programs. At first, many of the girls were hesitant to participate in activities but now, they cannot wait to see what else they can do! The money Troop 6011 earned through cookie sales allowed them to go on their first service unit camporee at Camp Sycamore Hills in the spring and to their first day camp at Camp Holloway in the summer. Since they want to go camping again, they have already started Fall Product sales.
The Girl Scout Ambassadors in Troop 6012 love to be artistic and advocate for their community. Last year they earned their photographer badge by learning camera basics, meeting with a local Latina photographer, and even hosting a photoshoot day at Centennial Park. In addition to their badge work, they are helping their community as they work towards the Gold Award.
Although our Latina troops have girls from all levels and with different interests, each girl has gained the courage, confidence, and character they need to make the world a better place.