Johnston Girl Scouts hold final cookie booth


Last call for cookies.

Johnston Girl Scout Troop 171 will host its final cookie booth on Sunday, March 30 at the Burger King on Putnam Pike, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

According to troop leader Megan Condon, this will be Troop 171’s “last ever cookie booth” since the “troop is composed of four high school seniors who will all be graduating this June.”

Troop 171 started in 2011 as a Daisy troop. Now, Condon said the Troop has four “Ambassador members, all seniors in high school” — Rebekkah Condon, Magdalena Echevarria, Emily Packer and Ailani Reed.

“Our troop has had many wonderful adventures together through the years,” Condon recalled. “We have traveled to NYC and Rocking Horse Ranch in New York. We have hiked and camped in New Hampshire, hiking Mount Monadnock and Mount Willard. Last April, we camped at Assateague National Seashore. And most recently we spent 10 days on the Norwegian Getaway visiting Bermuda, St. Maarten, Tortola, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic for their senior trip. The troop took a surfing lesson in San Juan and visited Monkeyland in the Dominican Republic.”

The final cookie booth will be a bittersweet day for the troop (but mostly sweet).

“As a troop, the girls earned their Silver Award (the second highest award in girl scouting) during the Covid pandemic by creating an outdoor skills escape room that was based on the outdoor skills Amazing race-style competition they had planned on hosting,” Condon said. “Two members are currently working on their Gold Awards (the highest award in Girl Scouting and equivalent to the Boy Scout Eagle Award).”

As with all Girl Scouts, cookie sales fund the majority of the troop’s activities.

“Every year we sell thousands of boxes of cookies to fund our troop,” Condon said. “We plan on making our final booth a true celebration.”

Their final year as a troop and final cookie sale will start at 11 a.m. March 30, at the Johnston Burger King on Putnam Pike.

“The troop has saved one box of Thanks A Lot cookies in deep freeze since 2021 when they were discontinued,” Condon revealed. “We plan on making s'mores out of them at the end of the day to celebrate our last booth.”

A very important part of being a Girl Scout is the passage of wisdom down to younger members.

“This past year the troop has been hosting badge completion weekends for younger Girl Scouts to help fund their senior trip,” Condon explained. “They have been able to share their outdoor knowledge and love of camp with younger girls while helping the younger troops earn their Journey Awards which are prerequisites for earning Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards.”

Troop 171 decided to go out on top of their game.

“They have also earned several of their own badges and are completing their Outdoor Art Master and Ultimate Outdoor Recreation badges,” Condon said. “This past year we have attended Bat Boy The Musical at RIC and drove to St. Anselm College in Merrimack, New Hampshire, to watch the great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens put on a one-man theatrical performance of A Christmas Carol.”


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