We love being in the Girl Scouts. There are so many great things we do on our own and with others in our troop. It is one of the best decisions we ever made to join scouting. Here are our top reasons for being a Girl Scout:

COOKIES We love selling cookies to our families, friends and neighbors. Our favorites are Trefoils and Tagalongs.

BOOTH SALES We sell cookies at booth sales. We've sold in front of supermarkets, convenient stores and our best sale ever was in front of a bagel shop.

BADGES AND PATCHES There are many badges and patches to choose to earn. We have earned so many interesting patches including first aid and Leader/Daughter tea.

JOURNEYS When you are a Brownie and older you can do journeys. The latest one we completed was the "Amuse Journey." It was about beating stereotypes and empowering girls and women.

COMMUNITY SERVICE We like doing community service projects. Our most satisfying is our annual Stocking Drive called "Pay It Forward With Jackie." We collect items to fill stockings for sick children at hospitals. For information, visit:

payitforwardwithjackie.org

JUNIOR BUCKS Our troop has a reward system. We have rules in the troop and if we follow them we get a "buck." After we have 30 bucks we get a prize.

SERVICE UNIT EVENTS Our Service Unit has many fun events during the year. We have gone to Bake-Off contests. There is also the Halloween Fun Fair, Holiday Fun Fair and International Night to name just a few. You get to see your friends from other Girl Scout troops and levels.

FIELD TRIPS We have gone on lots of great field trips. Some trips are related to a badge or Journey we are working on, others are just for fun. We've taken a few tours of restaurants, such as McDonald's and Panera Bread. We've also gone to our local police and fire departments and Nature Center.

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END-OF-THE-YEAR PARTY AND TRIP We use some of our funds from our sales to go on a field trip. We have gone to great places like Adventureland, Build-A-Bear, and our latest trip was to the Bronx Zoo.

CHINESE JUMP ROPE This is our favorite activity to do when we finish our meeting. All the girls in our troop love this activity. It's super fun. We all root for one another.