o We had our first meeting of the year on September 13 at Ms. Bonnie's house. We talked about what we wanted to accomplish this year, about our new leadership responsibilities as Cadettes, and what fund raisers we could do to earn money for troop activities. We put together our folders containing calendars and other troop information and had pizza for dinner. We caught up with each other on what has been happening in our lives over the summer and what it is like to be in Middle School! Our first fund raiser was a car wash and bake sale combination at Automative Specialists, at the corner of Lee Highway and Prosperity Avenue, on Saturday, September 28. We earned around $300 for troop events for this year.

o We met on Friday, October 25, and made over 80 Halloween goody bags to be delivered to children at the Fairfax Hospital.

o On November 15, we all got together for premier night of the new Harry Potter movie. The theater was so crowded we could not sit together, but we all enjoyed the movie.

o On December 7, we met at Mrs. Bonnie's house and decorated gingerbread houses and made Christmas candy. We had pizza for dinner and then drove through the Miracle of Lights show at Bull Run Park in Centreville.

o On January 9, we met at Mrs. Bonnie's house to make plans for the Older Girl's Weekend Encampment, and the encampment took place over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend, 17-19 January. We cabin camped at Potomac Woods, cooked meals, did crafts, and earned the Dance Interest Project. This Service Unit encampment was for Cadette and Senior scouts and we got to meet other older girl scouts in the Service Unit.

o On February 7, we had our annual Valentine's Day party at Mrs. Bonnie's house. We decorated sugar cookies and made Valentine's decorations for the Leewood Nursing Home. Each scout brought a special gift to share with another scout.

o On March 15, we met at Mrs. Bonnie's house. We talked about service opportunities and our plans for the rest of this year. We made a thank-you card for Mrs. Payne, who spent last weekend out in the cold become camp-qualified. We decided that we wanted to go back to Leewood Nursing Home in April and replant the flowers in the courtyard that we planted last year for our Junior Bronze Award. Sanna did some activities with us that she is working on for her Gold Award. She is developing games to teach children what it is like to be handicapped.

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