Guest Blogger: Jahnvi, a sixth grade Juliette is a voracious reader and an artist at heart. She has two poems published in Chronogram; and has won 1st places nationally and in Dutchess county in Indian classical dance. Last year, she won a special award for academic excellence and leadership, and an award at the Dutchess county regional science fair. She also loves to play the flute and tennis.
One of my most memorable experiences as a Girl Scout was earlier this year. Although I’m a Juliette now, I was a member of Troop 10146 and my mom was the leader.
My troop decided to teach crafts at a local children’s home for a take action project. Although we all agreed on this project, we had many questions about visiting the children’s home. Some girls in my troop even thought that it was going to be a depressing place or like the movie Annie in which children were treated meanly. I had never been to a place like it, so I didn’t know what to expect.
Our troop’s plan was to each come up with a craft that we could teach the children. It took a lot of time to plan, because everyone needed materials for their crafts, and everyone had to think about what the children would enjoy.
When the day arrived, we gathered at the front entrance of the children’s home. As soon as we entered the room, the kids were so excited to see us. They were of all ages from toddlers to school age. There was a toddler who wanted to be hugged and picked up. I could see that they were well cared for by staff unlike the movie Annie.
I felt sad for them for what they were going through in life, but I was surprised that they were so smiling and energetic. I was glad that I could do something cheerful for them. Teaching them crafts was both a fun and social experience. My craft plan was for everyone to decorate a strip of paper and then connect them into a paper chain, as a symbol for the connection between all of them. One little smart girl expressed that she was making the craft for her mom, and I felt bad because she probably wasn’t going to see her mom for a while.
I hadn’t really done a big community project ever before so the visit to the children’s home was a special first time experience. I felt really good inside to make a little difference for one day in the children’s’ lives. It also played a big role in our leadership journey that we were working on for our Bronze award.
The project was also good to develop my social skills, because I am kind of a quiet person. It gave me a social and leadership experience to do activities with younger kids by trying to be open and fun.
The most important lesson it taught me that even if one goes through a difficult situation, there is always room for happiness and hope.