Backpack Brigade Service Project

Our troop decided to joint the Backpack Brigade!  We signed up to have 5 of our girls provide one backpack with supplies per the provided school supply lists for 5 children in need on our island of Kauai.

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We were assigned 5 children and started the project on July 4th.  Troop leader Teresa and troop volunteer Tamara went to Walmart and purchased $358.72 worth of supplies using troop funds which were raised through the 2016 cookie sales proceeds.  Not all supplies were picked-up that day so they intended on going back at a later time.

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However, some of our Girl Scouts and their families decided to purchase supplies on their own to contribute to the cause.  Note that not all of them have photos that will be displayed here.  So just because they don’t have photos, it doesn’t mean they didn’t contribute, okay? 🙂

Alexis did some shopping…

and this is what she provided…

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And Jayda did some shopping, providing this…

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We then met at our troop leaders home on Friday, July 15th to sort and organize all the supplies for each child.  Unfortunately, Aleah was unable to be with us.

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The whole process was an eye-opening experience.  Children sure do need ALOT of supplies to start off the school year!  And it costs ALOT!!

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Yes, there was some frustration but even more so, a realization and greater appreciation to the effort that our mother’s have each had to put into preparing us for school all these past years!  Labeling everything right down to each pencil and crayon is surely a tedious thing to do!

But in the end, after a few hours of dedicated time – we had it all packed up!  $500 worth of school supplies for 5 wonderful children!

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On Saturday, July 16th, Kaytlen had to run to the store one last time to pick-up a few more items that we were missing.  Then, she went over to Kukui Grove with her mom who is our troop leader and they made the donation, on behalf of all of us, at the Backpack Brigade location at the mall.

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We hope these 5 kids like what they got!

Not all of us were able to join Kaytlen because Kyla had to work, Aleah was up the mountains, and the rest of us had to dance with our dance company for the back to school bash at center stage in the mall.

Uncle Dennis Fujimoto did show up to get some photos of our donation and he featured us in the Garden Island Newspaper.

Click HERE to read one article about the Back to School Bash.

Click HERE to read the July 18th HAPPY CAMPER Article.

 

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July 7 GST823 Updates/Cookie Sales Finale

It’s been almost four months since our last post; our apologies…

March 19th – Cookie Sales at Safeway in Lihue.

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March 20th – Cookie Sales at Walmart in Lihue.

This was the morning shift…

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This was the afternoon shift.  We all came together to complete our sales.

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Not only did we join together, but so did our awesome parents.  They all came to encourage and support us in meeting our goal which we did.

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We had a visit from a fellow Girl Scout from the mainland.

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Here’s a couple photos with the wonderful people who bought the last of our boxes and helped us reach our goal!

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And here we are after we had packed up all of our belongings and were ready to depart.

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Group Hug!!!

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We really do share a sisterly bond like no other because of what we have created together in Girl Scouts.

We would like to send out a special MAHALO! to everyone who supported us this 2016 Cookie Season!  Without your kindness and generosity, we would not have been able to meet our goal!

*A summary of our cookie sale accomplishments will follow in a separate post.

 

Mar 13 GST823 Updates

We are mid-way through our cookie booth sales month and have sold about 70% of our goal.  Here we are today (Mar 13) at Lihue Times from 9a – 3p…getting some Cookie Captain time down by mentoring Abygail and Sharayah Simao from the Boys & Girls Club After School Program.  Mahalo to Officer Nero for stopping by to support us.  We know… Girl Scout cookies are much better than donuts, right?!

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Yesterday, Saturday – March 12th, we were at the Kapaa Safeway from 11a – 2p.  Got in some Cookie Captain time too with little Gabby girl and Karsley!

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Did you know that March 12th was Girl Scouts Birthday?!!

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And the week prior, was National Girl Scout week?

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Thursday, March 6th, Britnee helped out at the Boys & Girls Club Ohana Night as a Cookie Captain from .  No photo was taken.

Last Sunday, March 6th – our Senior Girls, Britnee & Kaytlen worked at Lihue Times 3 – 6p; earning some Cookie Captain time with Miss. Gabby.  JoAnn Yukimura stopped by and supported our troop by purchasing a couple boxes.

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Last Saturday, March 5th – our Cadette Girl Scouts worked at Lihue Times 9a – 3p

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Jayda also donated some canned goods to Alexis’ Food Drive service project.

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Friday, March 5th – Kyla and Britnee worked a booth in Hanamaulu from 4-6p earning Cookie Captain hours.  No photo was taken.

Sunday, February 28th – we worked at Lihue Longs 3 – 6p and had two tables set-up.

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Kaytlen and Britnee donated 1 rice bag each to Alexis’ Food Drive service project.

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And our first day of cookie sales – Saturday, February 27th – we were at Kmart 9a-3p.

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Last but not least,

our Kajukenbo class #6 – the final class of the session was held on Thursday, March 10th.  The girls were tested on what they have learned thus far and received their certificates.  Congratulations!!

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Feb 28th GST823 Updates

Our last meeting was held on February 21st.  Here are a few things that were accomplished:

1 – Kyla completed her My Promise, My Faith Award which helps us explore how Girl Scouting and your faith offer similar ideas about how to act – and how Girl Scouting can tie into your faith. This is a pin that can be earned once a year for every year we are in Girl Scouts. All we have to do is choose a different line of the Law each year.

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Kaytlen, Aleah and Jayda previously completed the five steps and earned their pins.  Alexis is working on hers at home.

 

2 – Aleah & Jayda completed their Trailblazing Badge which extended from our night hike up the Sleeping Giant.  It was a physically challenging team-building exercise overall.  The girls brought snacks which they ate when we reached our destination at the top.  The practiced navigating using the Sky Map on their cell phones.  They also identified as many constellations as they could in the night sky.  Of course, Sky Map made it a very easy process.  The girls talked about the stories behind the stars from Greek mythology – Orions Belt = 3 kinds/3 sisters.  And we learned that Aleah is obsessed with Greek Mythology!

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In addition, both girls began working on their Night Owl Badge which will be completed at a later point in time.

 

3 – Our Cadettes – Jayda, Aleah and Alexis finished putting the plans together for their Brownie Girl Scouts Dance Workshop which will take place on Sunday, April 17th from 1 to 3pm at Aloha Dance Studio.  This workshop will enable the three girls to earn their LiA Award while the Brownies will earn their Dancer Badge.

Brownie Girl Scouts may register for this workshop by CLICKING HERE.  Cost is $7 which is due by April 1st.

4 – Our Seniors – Kyla, Kaytlen and Britnee finished putting the plans together for their Sisterhood Movie Night which will take place on Thursday, March 17th at Lihue Hongwanji from 5 to 8pm.

Kauai Girl Scouts may register for this event by CLICKING HERE.  Cost is $10 which is due by March

Kajukenbo Classes.  Class #5 was held on February 18th.  Jayda, Aleah and Alexis attended.

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Because of our cookie arrival, we had to put off our 6th Kajukenbo class.  Girls need to complete 6 classes in order to complete their badge.  More info to follow…

Cookie Arrival was on February 25th –  Pickup was at the Veterans Center in Lihue.  Our cookie captains worked hard at loading up all their cookies to take home and sell.

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2016 Cookie Season Begins

Today – Saturday, February 27th – was our first day of Girl Scout Booth Sales.  Our troop goal is to sell 1, 656 boxes of cookies that will provide us with proceeds to help us take action in our community, fund our troop learning activities, supplies and awards.  It will also partly fund an exploration trip of a minimum of 5 days and 4 nights – somewhere completely opposite of what us Kauai Island girls are use to.

As of this first day of booth sales, we have sold only 7% of our troop goal.  However minimal it may seem, it was a very productive day of team work.  We were stationed at Kmart in Lihue from 9am to 3pm.  Here is our photo of the day:

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If you haven’t gotten your Girl Scout cookie fix yet, or maybe need more, come visit us at Lihue Longs tomorrow – Sunday, February 28th – from 3 to 6pm.  We have lots more cookies in our inventory to sell!

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Cookie Rally Mahalo

On Thursday, January 7th, we held our first ever Cookie Rally.  It was successful all thanks to Aunty Shereen Ho’opi’i and our leader Aunty Teresa Caires.

At sign-in, they were given a punch cookie card and a water bottle.

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Then we, the Cookie Captains of Troop 823, taught the group a “rah rah cheer” as Aunty Shereen calls it.  Kyla and Kaytlen made it up using the Pop See Ko song as inspiration.

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We had about 25 girls from Troops 1001, 988, 849 and 1049.  The girls had an opportunity to learn from and do an activity at 6 skills stations/booths:

1) Goal Setting with Kyla,

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2) People Skills, Awards, and Incentives with Kaytlen,

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3) Decision Making with Aleah,

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4) Business Ethics with Jayda,

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5) Money Management with Alexis,

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and 6) Safety with Britnee.

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They also tasted ice cream sandwiches made with Girl Scout cookies thanks to the donation by Lauren Sugihara’s troop.

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At the close of the night, the girls all filled out a survey to provide us with feedback and got their certificate, fun patches and pencils.

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We also did our “rah rah cheer” again.  Click HERE to view our video on YouTube.
We are sorry the beginning part was cut off a little.

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We’d also like to say Thank You to our leader Teresa Caires for taking the photos and video of our rally as well as Thank You to Uncle Dennis Fujimoto for mentioning us in his January 10th Happy Camper article in the Garden Island Newspaper.

Thank You again everyone for helping to make our first cookie rally a success!  We really appreciate it!!  Can’t wait to sell our cookies, sell sell our cookies!!!

**Click here to meet Girl Scout Barbie Doll Teresa**

Our 2016 Cookie Rally

Our Cookie Rally for East Kauai will be held on Thursday, January 7th at Lihue Hongwanji in Kapaia.  Check-in is set for 5:45pm and the event will be from 6 to 8pm. Cost is $7 per girl; payment to be collected at the door.  Click HERE to register and save your spot for the event.  Troop 823 looks forward to rallying with you!!

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Service Saturday

Boy was the morning of Saturday, December 5th a busy one!  Troop 823’s girls were off and running to do some good deeds in service of their community.

First of all, Aleah, Kaytlen, Jayda and Alexis headed to Gaylord’s at Kilohana where they performed at 8:30am with Aloha Dance Studio at the 4th annual Breakfast With Santa where all proceeds benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kauai.

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Kyla headed straight to Walmart at 8am to man the Toys For Tots garden entrance booth along with troop 849 until the rest of her GS sisters arrived following their performance.  These girls were there till 11am…

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In addition, the girls busied themselves with shopping for two causes.  Out of their troop funds, generated by 2015 cookie sales, they purchased $100 worth of toys and combined it with purchases some of them made with their families in order to donate over $100 worth of toys to Toys For Tots.

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Again, out of their troop funds, they made another purchase of over $100 of various gift items, to be donated to Mahelona Hospital’s Long Term Care residents.

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Troop 823 Cookie Captains

Yesterday, November 15th, we (Kaytlen, Aleah, Alexis and Kyla) spent our afternoon (1-4p) in training to be Cookie Captains.  Kyla couldn’t be present with us so she did it from her home and facetimed us at the same time.  Jayda was in New York on a family vacation.

This was the first time we ever did a Girl Scout webinar, following along with the Oahu training event.  We were lucky to be included in this because we don’t have the many opportunities that Oahu troops have simply because we are on an outer island.  Travel costs to attend such events throughout the year would be just too much for us.

What is a Cookie Captain?  It’s a person who plays an important role in educating younger Girl Scouts about the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

What is the responsibilities of a Cookie Captain?  1 – Mentor a group of first-time cookie sellers. 2 – Help at cookie events. 3 – Join young Girl Scouts at booths.  And 4 – Provide assistance to the Service Unit Cookie Manager.

We play a special part in the Girl Scout Cookie Program and hold a very special place in the hearts of girls.  We are role models for leadership.  By teaching other girls about the cookie program, we help them reach their dreams.

Thank You so much Girl Scouts of Hawaii for giving us this opportunity!

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Now to plan out how we will complete 15 service hours as Cookie Captains.  2-1/2 hours have already been earned for Alexis, Aleah, Kaytlen and Kyla having done the training so that leaves 12.5 hours to go.  I smell a Cookie Rally in the near future.  Do you?