Eagle Hill Girl Scouts support Tanzanian orphanage

The Eagle Hill School Girl Scout troop holds up signs advertising their pajama and coat drive for the Havilah Orphanage in Tanzania. In back, from left, Gabby Finn, Ava Galley, Julia Perloe, Ariana Stern, Sofia Kedros, Fallon Gardner, Charlotte Breede, Hannah Breede, Gracie Asness and Christine Brito. In front, from left, are Sabrina Stanley and Maddie Ings.

The Eagle Hill School Girl Scout troop holds up signs advertising their pajama and coat drive for the Havilah Orphanage in Tanzania. In back, from left, Gabby Finn, Ava Galley, Julia Perloe, Ariana Stern, Sofia Kedros, Fallon Gardner, Charlotte Breede, Hannah Breede, Gracie Asness and Christine Brito. In front, from left, are Sabrina Stanley and Maddie Ings.

“Look how happy you have made us. There are just two problems: the pajamas are so cozy we don’t want to take them off, and now we can’t wait for it to rain.”

Those were the comments that were sent to the Eagle Hill School (EHS) Girl Scout Troop after their care package made it to the Havilah Orphanage in Tanzania in the fall of 2013. The orphanage project is just one example of the troop’s commitment to service. In addition to working on badges and learning new skills, the girls also held other special events throughout the year such as a cooking party, a visit to Americares in February, and a collection of toys for children in Syria.

In February, they made Valentine crafts for a local nursing home and delivering them on that special day so that the girls could learn to work with people of all ages.

In addition to selling cookies, the Eagle Hill troop will also mentor the younger Daisies and Brownies on the art of sales. For this, four girl scouts will earn the prestigious Junior Aide Award.

Still, it’s the community service that seems to drive this particular troop.

“The orphanage is far away, but we feel close to the kids because we are getting to know what they need,” said Sabrina Stanley, a member of the troop.

The Girl Scout Troop was formed several years ago in response to requests from the EHS students, and has quickly become a popular Friday afternoon club meeting after classes are over for the week.

Cecilia Stanley, one of the Girl Scout parent leaders says that “the Eagle Hill Girl Scout Troop is a wonderful community of girls who love to have fun — yet are always looking for ways to help others!” This focus links in perfectly with Eagle Hill School’s own commitment and its continual efforts to support charitable organizations in our global community.

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