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Scouts to raise funds for two years for tropical trip

Troop 13059 Girl Scouts are busy raising funds for a 2016 trip to Belize. Photo by Phil Custodio (click for larger version)
August 13, 2014 - Girl Scout Troop 13059 of Clarkston hopes for a tropical summer experience in 2016, with a trip to Belize.

"It's what the girls wanted to do," said Wendy Need, scout leader.

"It's a different place than where most Girl Scouts go," said scout Nora Storey. "It'll be a tropical experience down south."

"I'm looking forward to the plane trip – I've never been on one before," said Chance McDougal. "I've been learning more about Belize as we work towards the trip – I hope it pays off."

They'll explore rain forests and barrier reefs, and also perform community service in local schools. Fund raising for the trip started this summer, including pop can and bottle drives, and "Flamingo Flocking."

"Customers pay the girls $10 to have a dozen pink flamingos show up in a friend's yard under the cover of darkness," Need said. "We're getting a great response. The girls are having a blast putting out the flamingos."

They will be selling flocks over the next month, and plan a pancake breakfast on Oct. 18, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., at Clarkston Community Church, she said.

The girls activities so far have earned them about 25 percent of the money they need for the trip. Call 248-910-6595 for more information or to schedule a flamingo flock.

– Phil Custodio

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