Happy Veterans Day to one and all! Girl Scouts naturally include the military in many service projects. During World War I, girls learned about food production and conservation, sold war bonds, worked in hospitals, and collected peach pits for use in gas mask filters. You can learn more about other historical service projects on the Girl Scouts of the USA historical timeline: http://www.girlscouts.org/who_we_are/history/timeline/
The most popular service project is when Girl Scout cookies are sent to troops serving overseas. However, that is not the only time when we try to make sure the troops know we care about them and are thankful for their service. At this time of year, Girl Scout troops are working hard to send cards and gift items overseas in time for the holidays. The girls either make their own cards and messages, or write letters to enclose in holiday cards. Families of the scouts have also included non-perishable treats or small presents to be sent overseas as well.
We would love to collect more photographs of Girl Scout troops making cards for soldiers or other service projects helping the soldiers. If you have one (or more!) of your troop, please contact Margaret Paschal at firstname.lastname@example.org with your pictures and story.