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Girl Scouts Experience Life In Costa Rica During Memorable Trip

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Members of Girl Scout Troop 66339 traveled to Costa Rica.


Submitted by Linda Darby.

Eighteen girls and 11 adults from Girl Scouts Heart of NJ Troop 66339 traveled to Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica from July 3-10. The trip was the culmination of 12 years of service, sisterhood and growth for the girls and their families.

While in CR the travelers experienced many new adventures including snorkeling, white-water rafting, zip-lining, touring the beautiful national parks, waterfalls, hot-springs and beaches. They encountered many of the exotic species of insects, monkeys, birds and sloths. They tasted delicious Costa Rican foods and beverages prepared by their private chef “Erick”, shopped and mingled with the wonderful people of Costa Rica. Pam Attanasio, mother of one of the Scouts, captured the sentiment when she said, “This was the best vacation and the best troop ever!”

Over the past 18 months the girls, led by Trip Organizer and Co-Leader Linda Darby, raised over $12,000 of the $56,000 required for the trip. Lots of hard work and planning was required for the GS cookie and nut product sales, car washes, used shoe collections, yard sales, pancake breakfasts, recycling work, Zumbathons and parties. The troop was also supported by the generous donations from Dr. Charlotte Burton, John Felix, Winifred Byrd, Cheryl Alston, Pine Grove Fire House, Zumba Instructors, Mission Impossible FBCLG, Applebees (Piscataway), Burger King (Easton Ave) and Laretha Payne (Lorla, LLC.) Of course none of this would have been possible without the love and support of our families and community.

Troop 66339 has been together since fall of 2004 and the troop leaders have tried to instill a heart for service and a love of adventure in the girls. Performing almost 2,500 hours of service over 12 years to Somerset and surrounding communities, they have collectively sold over 25,000 boxes of cookies, earned 17 Bronze Awards, 8 Silver Awards and have 9 Gold Awards at or near completion. They were recently recognized by Sisters Network as an Outstanding Organization of 2016. They have gone on over 108 day trips and 14 overnights. The girls now go to 10 different high schools but they manage to maintain their friendships and will be friends for life.

The troop will be winding down their operation as the remainder of the girls enter 12th grade and start their college application process and make plans for senior year. The troop is lead by four dynamic women committed to developing girls of confidence, courage and character – Michelle Fielder, Linda Darby, Denise Davis, and Yvette Murry.

 

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