Community Service at Children’s Hospital

blog-childrens-hospitalWho does Troop 14297 want to help through community service projects? Babies and puppies of course!

The girls from Troop 14297 got to help one of those groups—babies—alongside 200 other Girl Scout sisters at Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota in October. Children’s is a long-time favorite for local Girl Scouts who want to help kids. The girls help out by visiting and providing activities for patients to help them pass the time during their stay.

Many troops like 14297 use some of the funds they raise through Cookies to give back. As a troop, the Bloomington girls divide their funds from their annual cookie efforts to do three things: something fun, a Girl Scout related activity or field trip, and a community service project. This year, they used their community service funds to donate Girl Scouts themed books to the hospital’s library.

The Girl Scout event at Children’s not only brought together a large group of Girl Scouts for community service; it also introduced girls to healthcare careers that involve working directly with kids. The girls also got to meet a pet therapy volunteer who visits patients with Murray the dog, a giver of unconditional love to every child he meets.

A similar Girl Scout event will be scheduled for March 2014. In the meantime, girls can support patients by donating art supplies, fleece blankets, toys, movies, books, or money. Troops with girls ages 14 and older can also sponsor and serve a meal at the Ronald McDonald House inside of Children’s Minneapolis. For more information, please contact Maggie Overman by email at


  1. Mary T says

    This is so wonderful! What a great way to show the girls compassion and service. Way to go Troop 14297 ! So proud of you!

  2. Amy says

    I was wondering how/when more info will be made available regarding the March 2014 event. Thanks.

    • Girl Scouts River Valleys says

      Hi Amy- The event is currently planned for March 29, but more information will be available online about it in February.

  3. Amy says

    Did anything become of this event? I’ve been watching the events page and don’t see anything on March 29th except for the Digital Movie Maker badge day.

    • Girl Scouts River Valleys says

      Hi Amy, Thanks for reaching out again. A staff member from our council will be contacting you about the event shortly via the email address you provided.