Friday, December 21, 2012

Trefoil Project to Support Connecticut Girl Scouts

As details have emerged about the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast is deeply saddened to learn that eight Girl Scout Daisies and sons of two Girl Scout families have died as a result of the shootings. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of all the children who were lost on that day, and with the Connecticut Girl Scout community who are grieving.

Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Anna Maria Chávez offered her condolences to all those affected; you can read her message here.

Many sister Girl Scouts have asked what they can do to help. Girl Scouts of Connecticut is planning a memorial service with the Newtown Service Unit in mid-January. At that time, they will be presenting thoughts, prayers, and well-wishes on trefoil art. If you or any of your troops would like to participate, please send these trefoils to the Hartford Service Center, c/o Trefoil Project, 340 Washington St., Hartford, CT 06106.

Girl Scouts of Connecticut has set up a fund in honor of the Girl Scouts who died during the shooting. The fund will assist girls in attending Girl Scout Summer Camp. If you would like to give, go to, and on the online giving form linked from the site indicate “Sandy Hook Girl Scout Campership Fund” in the “What is this gift for?” box. See here for instructions.

It is highly advisable to receive written permission from parents when discussing sensitive issues of this nature. For parents and volunteers working directly with girls, click here for a list of resources to assist in discussing this tragedy with children and helping the healing process.