GSCG Community 5
With the start of a new school year also comes the start of a new Girl Scout year. In 2015-16, girls in St. Johns County are working hard and having fun — and doing both at the same time.
Local girls are part of Ocean Crest Girl Scouts Community, or GSGC Community 5, which serves girls in St. Johns and Flagler counties.
The community started the year with a Back to Scouts beach party at River to the Sea Preserve near Marineland and most recently participated in a fundraiser Mad Hatter Un-Birthday Party at Solomon Calhoun Center in St. Augustine. Three Flagler-based troops organized the event and asked for donations of cake mix and icing, plus birthday party supplies, to create Birthdays in a Bag to distribute to local food pantries.
Ocean Crest has also organized an event on Sunday, Nov. 8, to feed and entertain farmworkers in Hastings. The girls’ efforts support the work of Pie in the Sky, a Hastings-based organization that provides necessary aid to farmworkers in the area, as well as homebound senior citizens. Pie in the Sky also runs Farm to Family, a mobile farmers market that brings fresh, local produce to food deserts in St. Johns County.
Girls from kindergarten to high school have worked over the last few months to collect items for the workers, from toiletries to socks to canned food to jackets and sweaters. At the event, girls will serve an early Thanksgiving dinner to the farmworkers and will organize activities to give the workers an afternoon of relaxation and fun.
Girl Scouts works to build girls of courage, confidence and character; most of the local events are girl-run, with support from leaders and parents.
Area scouts are part of Ocean Crest Girl Scouts community, which is part of Girl Scouts of Gateway Council, and serves girls in St. Johns and Flagler counties. Girls can join at any time during the year and will never be turned away. To learn more about Girl Scouts in the area, visit www.oceancrestgirlscouts.com or www.girlscouts-gateway.org.