Community, The Braxton Democrat

County Girls Scouts Wrap Up 2022; Look to New Year

The Frametown and Flatwoods Girl Scout Troops wrapped up service to their community in November. They retired US Flags, their family life became busy with the holidays, a couple of Frametown Girl Scouts were able to attend the First Annual Tree Lighting of the Braxton EMS in December where they participated in ornament making and decoration of the tree.
Frametown Girl Scouts hosted the annual Braxton/Gilmer Service Unit Christmas Dinner. They invited all their sister girl scouts to join them in a Yankee swap, dinner and tree ornament making to be donated and placed on the Frametown Community Center tree. The girls made silver and gold ornaments to remind them to make new friends but keep the old ones.
The troops is getting ready for 2023, after having to stop meetings and activities due to the outbreak of covid since 2019. Scouts are filled with motivation to build up the Braxton community as the girls will be organizing events and activities to reverse the previous years.
Flatwoods troop plans on teaming up with Holly Gray Park and Burnsville Dam to help the parks by cleaning up trash. As a troop activity, they will be completing swimming lessons to attend a camp at Ace Adventures this summer. They would also like to focus on their troop bridging or moving up of girl levels this year.
Frametown troop is planning on teaming up with Judy’s Garden club to do upkeep on the Middle School nature trail located behind the school grounds and continue the community beautification and trash pickups through the WV Dept of Environmental Protection and REAP, along with improving the Frametown Community Center and youth activities. Some of the juniors and cadets will be working on the highest awards of their grade levels through the Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council, in hopes of incorporating grants and donations to improve community engagement through their ideas. Some of their project ideas include, a nature trail, jungle gym and a fire circle however they will have to wait till later this year to hear about those plans upon approval from the GS Council.
Both Frametown and Flatwoods troops will continue to collect can tabs for the Ronald McDonald Houses in Charleston and Morgantown. In addition, US Flags will be retired during the annual Veterans Day retirement.
All Braxton\Gilmer Girl Scouts are gearing up for the big Girl Scout Cookie Kick off! They will attend Cookie Palooza Jan. 20, 2023 and begin cookie pre-order sales by rotating through stations in groups to learn the five skills for running a successful business. Girl Scouts learn five skills in selling our famous girl scout cookies; Goal Setting, Decision Making, Money Management, People Skills and Business Ethics. Learning these skills teach the girls how to run a successful business and set goals. Most goals include how to spend their money as a group, which usually are community services, learning projects to earn badges, educational trips and camps. Don’t worry, the girls will explain if you can’t eat cookies how you can still help them achieve their goal and help send cookies through the Gift of Caring. Where cookies are sent to the WV Gold Star Mothers Association, of women who have lost sons and daughters in the military.
Come January 19th when the cookie sale begin, girls will be out door to door taking orders till February 24th and will deliver those orders the beginning of March. During March troops within the two counties will set up cookie booths to sell cookies on hand at different local locations including Walmart in Flatwoods. Please consider supporting these girls as they learn not only a business trait, but a lifelong skill of old fashion working to raise money for what they need or want. Anyone looking for a troop selling cookies in their area should contact Jennifer Butcher of the Frametown Girl Scouts as well as Cookie Product Chair of Braxton/Gilmer Service Unit, by text or calling her at 304-644-6645 or message the Frametown Community Center Facebook page!