By: Jen Russon
Girl Scouts who have been friends since Kindergarten are headed to a place they’ve been interested in since joining Troop 10351, but they need just one more fundraiser to send them off in style.
On Saturday, the six ninth-graders are holding a garage sale from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 10114 NW 23 Court in Addison Estates to help fund an extensive itinerary in Savannah, the birthplace of the Girl Scouts organization.
Tammy LaPorta, troop leader, said the girls have been interested in touring founder Juliette Gordon Low’s home for a long time, but COVID postponed the trip.
“They’ve been saving their cookie money for at least two years to get to Georgia,” said La Porta, who added they will be there for five days.
The troop plans to board a train in Deerfield Beach, taking Amtrak to the historic town of Savannah, dripping in Spanish moss and probably high humidity when they go.
Since that’s June in the deep South, LaPorta said they’ve decided to forgo camping and book a hotel instead. She added the cost is quite reasonable, considering they went through PB’NJ Tours.
“They’re a family-run company that specializes in Girl Scout tours and are meeting us at the Savannah train station,” she said. “They’ll take us back to our hotel, take us all over, including Tybee Island — it’s going to be a great trip.”
To date, Troop 10351 has already had a Halloween fundraiser, which was a massive task. They expect their December garage sale will be easier, even though it’s set to have a vast array of items, both old and new.
Girl Scout cookie orders can also be placed at the event for delivery in January 2022; those sales also help pay for their summer trip.
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- Jen Russon has been a staff writer for Talk Media since 2018. She is also a novelist, copywriter and editor at Swallow Publishing, LLC.
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