Scouts sell baked goods in finance D.C. trip
Tonganoxie Girl Scouts set up shop Saturday morning on Fourth Street, offering tasty homemade treats at their bake sale.
Victoria Pierce, Tonganoxie, had made a special effort to visit Troop 506's stand to select her purchase from the table of pies, breads and cakes.
"I bought some things here last year and I wanted to come back again," Pierce said.
Donna Higbee, leader of the troop since the eighth-grade girls were in kindergarten, said the girls have been working hard on fund-raising efforts for a special reason.
"They're trying to earn money to go to Washington, D.C. in June," Higbee said. "There will be a big singalong at the Mall to celebrate the 90th birthday of girl scouting."
The troop's plans are to fly to Washington, D.C., something that Higbee said will be an educational experience in itself.
"Of the seven eighth-grade girls in the troop, only one or two have flown, so that will be a new experience," Higbee said.
While in the nation's capital, the girls will visit the White House and tour the Smithsonian. According to preliminary plans, the trip will be from June 3-10.
Cost for each girl will be from $600 to $700, Higbee said.
To ensure that there is funding for all the girls to go, troop members are holding additional fund-raisers, Higbee said.
"It's mostly bake sales and magazine subscriptions," Higbee said. And when cookie sales start up, Higbee said, she expects the troop will sell enough cookies to earn about $400 for the troop. In addition, the girls are planning to sell jingle bell wreaths before Christmas.
Troop members are: Marsha Cox, Amanda Elliott, Joanna Frevele, Elizabeth Higbee, Paula Prosser, Paige Robinson and Tori Tungett, Eudora.
Assistant leaders are Michelle DeVeau, Susie Prosser and Lisa Elliott, and, Higbee noted, all the girls' parents help with activities.