Girl Scouts team up with St. Vincent de Paul

News Photo by Darby Hinkley A group of Girl Scouts from St. Paul Lutheran Church Troop 1033 pose with staff members at St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store in Alpena.

ALPENA — The Girl Scouts of St. Paul Lutheran Church Troop 1033 have been working on the Journey “Amaze” and the badge “Finding Common Ground.”

As a final step in the completion of these, the Scouts recently selected outfits and accessories for themselves from St. Vincent de Paul in Alpena.

“We’re trying to help the girls find their own sense of style and feel good about themselves and feel comfortable in what they wear,” said Troop Leader Bronwyn Woolman, who leads with Trudy Mousseau. “With all the negative things in society today, making them feel that they aren’t worthy … it’s just a way of building their self-confidence.”

“Right now, we’re making outfits to represent professionalism,” said senior Girl Scout Alexis Peterson.

“I like bright colors,” senior Kahlan Mousseau said as she searched through the clothes.

News Photo by Darby Hinkley Seniors Kahlan Mousseau and Alexis Peterson smile for a photo while browsing through the juniors section at St. Vincent de Paul.

“These two are the oldest girls in our Troop, and they are both fantastic role models for the younger girls,” Woolman said of Peterson and Mousseau.

Woolman said Rebecca Siegel has been very helpful to the girls during this whole process.

In previous meetings, the Scouts created vision boards featuring what they considered to be the best casual, dress, and formal outfits for themselves. They also had to create a “Never Would I Ever Wear” outfit.

They will be having a fashion show for the younger Girl Scouts in the Troops. St. Vincent de Paul has been a business at which the St. Paul Troops have volunteered. They graciously open their doors after hours for the Scouts to complete their badge work. The Troop is very appreciative of their support.

“Anything like this, it’s kind of what we’re here for,” said St. Vincent de Paul staff member Ian Lloyd.

“We do have Girl Scout cookies for you,” Woolman assured Lloyd.


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