The Stone Soup Community Garden got a BIG LIFT from some amazing Girl Scouts recently!

Farthest North Girl Scout Troop 120 tackled a HUGE project upgrading the Stone Soup Community Garden’s shed. The difference is night & day! Learning while they worked, Troop 120 started the project by building a ramp into the shed. The ramp is so strong & secure – no more lifting heavy equipment for our volunteer gardeners! Under the careful eye of their teaching carpenters, Troop 120 also installed heavy-duty shelving & organized the shed beautifully. Not satisfied with all that work, the troop took time to harvest produce & clean the garden as well!

All of the supplies for the garden shed upgrade were paid for by a Girl Scout Grant that Troop 120 applied for. One Troop leaders, Ms. Claudia, said, “It was a great experience giving time & learning about the garden.” These Girl Scouts are something else! We are so grateful to be in commUNITY with young leaders like the girls in Troop 120.

The Farthest North Girl Scout Council’s mission is to build girls of “courage, confidence & character, who make the world a better place.” Girl Scout Troop 120 is exemplary of this: kind, creative & community-minded. This isn’t the first time that Troop 120 has volunteers to help the Bread Line – they have donated cases of delicious Girl Scout cookies to the soup kitchen for YEARS, which are always the BIG hit!

A little bit of Girl Scout history in Alaska: a handful of girls, right here in Fairbanks, started Alaska’s very first Girl Scout troop back in 1925. Within twenty years, Girl Scouting expanded to rural Alaska launching troops in Nome, Fort Yukon & in Nuvuk by 1950. When the Farthest North Girl Scout Council officially incorporated in 1952, 400 girls were participating in the program. By 1957, there were 100 Alaskan troops with over 1,000 Alaskan girls! Today, the Farthest North Girl Scout Council serves the largest geographical area of any Girl Scout Councils in the United States & serve everything from the 63rd parallel north of the Alaska range – more than 350,000 square miles.

Thank you, Girl Scouts, for everything you bring to the community! We are grateful for your spirit, helpfulness & can-do attitude!