o In September 1997, we began our first year as Brownie Girl Scouts. The girls drew suggestions for a troop flag, and Mrs. Reedy took a small piece of each girls' idea and incorporated them into our flag. We worked this month to earn the Girl Scout Ways Try-It.

o In October 1997, we learned how to conduct flag ceremonies and what kaper charts were. We discussed the Girl Scout motto "Do a Good Turn Daily" and had a Halloween Party where we celebrated Juliette Gordon Low's Birthday. We conducted the 1998 Girl Scout Calendar sales.

o In November 1997, we conducted the SHARE campaign, voted on which state to represent at Thinking Day activities, and worked on our first service project for the year - 92 Thanksgiving turkey napkin rings to give to "Meals on Wheels" for their Thanksgiving meal deliveries.

o In December 1997, we had our Brownie Investiture Ceremony, first Court of Awards, and Holiday Tea Party. We took a trip to Bull Run Park in Centreville, Virginia, to see the Miracle of Lights, a spectacular drive-through holiday light show.

o In January 1998, we began working on Thinking Day activities. This year our Service Unit chose to do states instead of countries and our troop voted on representing California; we made 200 "surf board" swaps to sell at our booth. We conducted the selling phase of the 1998 Girl Scout Cookie campaign and worked to earn our Cookies Count Try-It; our troop sold 1,112 boxes of cookies - WOW! All three of our leaders attended LeaderFest '98, a day-long training seminar conducted by GSCNC. Our service unit conducted a service project at St. Matthews United Methodist Church - making bag lunches to be distributed to the homeless in Fairfax County by "Food for Others".

o In February 1998, our troop decided to adopt an Army TENCAP troop in Bosnia; they are stationed in Tuzla Main for Operation Joint Guard. We made Valentine's Day cards to send to them, and sent 10 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to them. WMZQ, a Washington, DC, country radio station, held a radio-a-thon for St. Jude's Childrens Research Hospital, on February 6-7; a $50 donation was made in the name of Brownie Troop 1285 (we used some of our profits from the cookie sale to make this donation). We worked this month to earn the Caring and Sharing Try-It. We attended our Service Unit's celebration of Thinking Day on February 24 at Woodson High School; we sampled food and bought swaps from other troops representing different states around the country. Our "surf board" swaps representing California sold out quickly; everybody liked them. On February 28, our troop attended "When You Wish Upon a Star", a theatrical show of Disney songs from all our favorite movies. The show was put on by the Spotlight Children's Theater of Northern Virginia and all the actors and actresses were children aged 3 to 18. It was spectacular!

o In March 1998, we worked to earn our Safety Try-It and made "cocker spaniel" swaps (designed by Mrs. Reedy) to send with Spunky on his adventures. We held our second Court of Awards for the 97-98 year where we received our Cookies Count and Caring and Sharing Try-It's and our Theater and Thinking Day patches; we also received our World Trefoil Pins. We held a celebration for the Girl Scout's Birthday. A few of our girls attended the Association 54 Girl Scout Expo at Fairfax High School on March 21; the theme was safety. Our troop visited the Cameron Mills Fire Station in Alexandria on March 31, where Ms. Kim's Uncle Bob is Captain; he took us on a tour of the station and talked with us about fire safety.

o In April, we worked on earning the Point, Click, and Go Try-It; we met at Mrs. Reach's house this month so we had access to computers. We conducted the QSP magazine drive this month to help our council earn money for camp improvements. We attended the Service Unit 13 Encampment at Catoctin Mountain Park in Frederick, Maryland, on April 18-19; we had a great time doing swaps, crafts, and learning about outdoor cooking and first aid. We spent the night together in a dorm and had a campfire circle and swap meet with the other Brownie troops. We all had a great time despite the pouring rain that kept us inside for most activities. Also this month, we conducted a Canned Pet Food Drive in conjunction with Animal Awareness Month; we donated the food to the Fairfax County Animal Shelter.

o At our first May meeting, we worked on swaps, and invitations and place cards for our final court of awards for the year. We held the Court of Awards on May 11, where we received our encampment, fire house visit, and QSP patches, and our Safety and Point, Click, and Go Try-Its.


o On June 7, our troop attended Girl Scout Day with the Prince William Cannons Minor League Baseball Team. We watched the Cannons beat the Danville 97's with a score of 2-1. We then car pooled back to Debbi's house for an end of the year cookout.

o On June 26, our troop met up with a Junior Troop from North Carolina that Ms. Kim had been in contact with on the internet. We toured the National Zoo and had a great time despite a heat index of around 105 degrees. It was fun to meet an older troop from another state; we plan to keep in touch with them.

o During the week of July 27-31, five of our Brownies attended Burke Lake Adventures Day Camp and Ms. Kim volunteered as a leader. We earned two Try-It's and a patch. It was a great week of songs, games, crafts, swaps, and meeting new friends.

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