|Sam Hodgson for the New York Times|
Like most all Girl Scouts, the 21 members of Troop 6000 build friendships, learn first aid, and develop leadership skills. Unlike most Girl Scouts, this troop is solely for homeless girls.
Homelessness can impede the sense of security children need, but for girls who live in a shelter in Queens, New York, membership in Girl Scouts offers solace and support. Not only are these girls learning important leadership skills to last a lifetime—their troop provides them with stability and fellowship among peers who understand their circumstances.
At Girl Scouts, there are troops around the country that are available to girls growing up in unique conditions, including daughters of incarcerated women, and the attention Troop 6000 is receiving is further spreading the message that Girl Scouts truly is for every girl. From the New York Times to the “Today” show to Twitter, the message is coming through loud and clear.
The importance—and the potential implications—of Troop 6000 are evident to the girls, too. In the words of 14-year-old Karina, “We’re starting a chain reaction. Hopefully in the next couple years, there will be more Girl Scout troops in shelters.”
To support this chain reaction, donate to Girl Scouts of Greater New York or volunteer for Girl Scouts in your area by visiting www.girlscouts.org.