In Artesia, Girl Scouts is an action packed adventure. If girls aged 9-18 would like to keep busy and involved around the community Betty Garcia, Artesia’s Girl Scout Troop leader, will help them get started in the program. Artesia’s Girl Scouts is free of charge because of a generous donor in the community who paid the Girl Scout Council directly in El Paso for memberships and uniforms for Artesia youth. The troop meets every Friday night from 5:30-7:00pm to work on various projects to earn patches and badges which represent all of their work throughout the year. Their list of service projects from last year is impressive. Here’s a list of all of the projects they tackled locally:
- Distributed signature Girl Scout cookies gratis to Artesia General Hospital and to the Artesia Safety complex to boost morale
- Help serve meals with the High School Choir to support Bulldogs of Review
- Partner with local churches to gather ingredients for Thanksgiving dinners to take to families in need
- Made baby care packages for the Pregnancy Resource Center
- Assembled Blessing Bags for the homeless that Artesia Police Department can distribute
- Clean up local parks alongside Artesia Clean and Beautiful
- Participated in cleaning supply drive for Grammy’s House and a school supply drive for Grand Heights
- Served Summer Meals for the Changing Lives Coalition
- Assisted Altrusa in Feed Artesia
When the Girl Scouts are not serving the community, they enjoy scouting adventures to Bonita Park in the mountains where they zipline and camp. The many different activities they pursue builds self-esteem, confidence, and leadership skills. “Girls enter the program quiet and shy but soon break out of their shell,” says Betty with pride. “They become butterflies,” she says.
There are three levels of Girl Scouts: the bronze, silver, and gold levels. Bronze is for 4th and 5th graders known as Juniors. Silver level is composed of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders called Cadets. Gold is the Ambassador level and is for 9th, 10th, and 11th graders. At each level, the girls must complete a project that meets certain criteria in the program. Last year, for the silver project for the Cadets, the girls began a program at Yucca Elementary that provides a pack of supplies for girls beginning their menstrual cycle. Each discrete pack contained a cycle calendar, a pair of leggings, wet wipes, and pads. The packs are kept at the nurse’s office in the school and have their own designated place for other girls to pick up if and when they need one. Just another great example of how Girl Scouts help other girls and the greater community of Artesia.
Girl Scout Motto
On my honor, I will try:
To serve God and my country,
To help people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout Law.