By Adriana Kaplan
Earlier this month, Girl Scout Troop 10295 hosted a Caring Day at La Cienega Park. We had a lot of fun hosting this amazing and charitable event.
What is Caring Day? It is a day when Girl Scout troops collect donations for different organizations. Each troop picks an organization a few weeks before Caring Day and then sends out a list of needed items to the other troops. Once Caring Day starts, all the girls from all the troops donate the items to each troop’s organization. The organizations from this year’s Caring Day were Alexandria House, Tails of the City, Covenant House California, My Stuff Bags Foundation, Blessing Bags for LA Mission, WLA Animal Shelter and Amanda Foundation.
This year, we also exchanged SWAPS (“Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere”), sang songs, and at the end we did a Friendship Circle while singing the Friendship Song. Our troop also decided to make “Tic-Tac-Toe On The Go.” We passed out these games to all the other girls attending. Before we sang our song each troop told why they chose their organization. We chose ours – the Alexandria House – because it helps homeless women and children. We felt very close to this cause. The song we shared was “Bazooka Bubblegum.” At the very end, all of us sang the Friendship Song and then we closed with a Friendship Circle. It was a fun day for all!
[Guest writer Adriana Kaplan, age 14, attends classes at “Excellence In Education” and lives in Hancock Park. She is a member of Girl Scout Troop 10295.]