The local Girl Scout troop is comprised of 12 girls, and all 12 earned the highest Cadette honor for their work that was “Focused on Family.” Each girl in the troop completed 50 hours of community service in the area of kids and family.
Additionally, the troop used funds to provide a new vacuum for the St. Mary’s Food Pantry in Spring Lake and also built a book shelf and loaded it with reading books, coloring books, markers and crayons for kids to use while their parents are selecting items at the pantry.
For their final project, the girls wanted to do a room redo for a deserving family in its community. After contacting St. Mary’s Food Pantry for a list of families, one was selected and the work began.
The girls spent the major portion of their regular meetings devising two-bedroom redesigns – one for two girls, and one for two boys.
The troop split into two design teams and came up with a theme for each room. The boys have a car-themed room and the girls have a galaxy theme.
Troop 4061 member Elana LaGuire said her favorite part was seeing the ideas come to life.
“I liked looking at the surprised reaction from the kids,” said Ani Hough, a troop member.
Each room has hand-tied throws and pillows. Through donations from West Michigan Heating and Cooling, Walmart of Grand Haven, Sandy Renzy and Joyce Clegg of Coldwell Banker, the Shawn and Suzanne James family, and troop girl families, the troop was able to provide a dining room table for the family and twin bed frames and mattresses for all of the kids, as well as all the decor items.
“My favorite part about the project was designing the rooms and coming up with different ways to organize to help the family,” said troop member Robyn Hunt.
Troop 4061 members are CiCi Cutler, Delaney Johnson, Ani Hough, Lauren Munch, Megan Norton, Elana Laguire, Jordon Smith, Tessa Petrus, Anna Hultman, Sydney Noorman, Molly Lamaire and Robyn Hunt.