SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – On Saturday, June 13th the Girl Scouts of Troop 65057 graduated from Daisies to Brownies at the South Plainfield Elks Lodge in a ceremony attended by over 60 guests.

11 Daisies (mostly in first grade) crossed the bridge at the front and center of the ballroom, receiving their new Brownie sashes. Scout leader Melissa Kolenski, in conjunction with scout mothers Bela Rowlands and Corinne France, gave a speech highlighting all the accomplishments the troop has made since its formation in February 2014.

Melissa mentioned how even though the troop was formed late, the girls still all earned their ten petals in just over a year. She thanked the South Plainfield Police Department, EMS and Fire Department who “taught our girls safety lessons as well as what it means to be courageous and brave.”

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Melissa then noted the girls learned about kindness and patriotism when they made valentines and gift packages for the armed forces overseas. In addition, the scouts created cards and posters for American veterans. Of course the young ladies also distributed and sold hundreds of dollars’ worth of the world famous Girl Scout cookies. Melissa thanked the parents and their “dedication and perseverance” for helping to reach their goals.

The last activity the Daisies participated in was crafting flowers with younger Daisies to earn the petal for “being a sister to every girl scout.”

The graduates then performed the Pledge of Allegiance, the Girl Scout Pledge, and a number of rehearsed songs and dances for the guests in attendance, including a “Bridging Song.”