What's Working: Girl Scout Camp

Nellie Chapman
April 14, 2018

Girl Scout Troop 6000 consists of members who are or have been homeless.

The first Girl Scout troop for homeless girls is selling cookies at Kellogg's NYC Cafe in New York City. Troop leader Becky Veto said the troop raised nearly $1,000 and sold 3,800 boxes this year.

It's the first time Troop 6000, which was set up previous year and has Girl Scout leaders in about a dozen homeless shelters across New York City, has held its own cookie sale.

The troop's goal is to sell 12,000 boxes of Thin Mints, Samoas, S'mores, and other coveted cookies by the end of the weekend. The troop, which is exclusively for homeless girls in the city, has set up shop in Union Square and are holding their very first Girl Scout cookie sale.

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Burgess was originally "a bit worried" when she started the troop with only eight members, including three of her daughters.

The mother has taught the girls first aid, the history of women's suffrage and financial literary. According to their website, they only have 2,242 boxes to reach their goal.

Kellogg's NYC will be donating specialty cookie-inspired menu items to the troop, too. There were some unique challenges because this is a troop for homeless girls in the city.

"My favorite part of the camp is being on the water, teaching girls to do new things, teaching them to swim, and not to be afraid of the water", Robinson said. Karina, one of the founding members of the troop told Refinery29, "I wasn't expecting [becoming homeless] to ever happen to me". And according to CBS, people waited nearly an hour to get their Thin Mints, Samoas, and more. There is another Girl Scout camp located on Lake Martin.

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