Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland began Girl Scout Week with a formal tea at Our Saviour Lutheran Church Sunday afternoon and with a proclamation by Sedalia Mayor Elaine Horn.
Horn proclaimed March 9 through 15 as National Girl Scout Week and announced that the event marks the 102nd anniversary of the Girl Scouts of the USA and the 59th anniversary of the Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland.
“…throughout its long and distinguished history, Girl Scouting has inspired millions of girls with the highest ideals of character, conduct, patriotism, and service so that they may become happy and resourceful citizens,” she read.
She also “urged the citizens of Sedalia to support Girl Scouts and their endeavors.”
The mayor also read a proclamation to all the leaders of the group, telling them they provide positive role models for the girls and that they help them to become “tomorrow’s competent self-assured women.”
She proclaimed Tuesday, April 22, 2014 as Girl Scouts Leaders’ Appreciation Day.
One large endeavor by the girl scouts is their annual cookie sale. So far this year the girls so far have sold more than 18,000 boxes locally, said Charlotte Scholl, the group’s public relations spokesman. They only have one week left to sell, but she said she’s very proud of their hard work.
Scholl said the tea on Sunday kicks off a week-long celebration of activities for the girls.
“The mother/daughter tea started off this morning with the girls going to church,” she said. “We have s’mores and swap night on Friday and we have a father/daughter dance on Saturday night from 6 to 8 p.m. at Camp Sacajawea.”
They are expecting 107 for the father/daughter dance and Scholl said approximately 100 were in attendance for the tea on Sunday.
All of the fancy finger foods for the tea were made by the Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland service team.
“It’s all the adults in charge of the area that plan the events and plan the meetings,” Scholl said. “We got up with the birds this morning, I made the little wonton sundaes. And we have cadets from Smithton to help serve the tea, they are ninth and 10th grade.”
Kelly Bryan, chair of the fundraising committee, was at the tea, and said the scouts will be having Girl Scout Nights at Papa John’s to help support Camp Sacajawea on Thursday, March 27 through Sunday, March 30.
“This is the first one we’re going to be doing,” she said. “If you buy a pizza during that time and you give them this code (PGS30) you will get 30 percent off and we will get 20 percent of the proceeds. We are doing this because we were fighting to keep our camp, well now we can keep it, we just need to pay to maintain it.”
Bryan said they have a three-year plan to keep the camp and the cost for all three years will be $150,000.
“We’re going to see how this one goes,” she added. “Papa John’s has been really generous with us. They have given us some coupon sheets to sell. They are $5 each, and we get to keep the entire $5.”
Bryan said they will wait to introduce the coupon sheets until after the first Papa John’s sale.
Scholl said Girl Scout cookies will be for sale the rest of this week, with girl scouts at Woods Supermarket from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m on Saturday. Cookies are $4 a box. Those wanting cookies by the box or or carton may also call her at 827-5851.