Our dedication to Girl Scout Troop 835
Rick's Cell (401) 265-2852
Girl Scout Troop
I was the troop leader of these
fine girls and I feel this page needs to
stay. I took the troop when no mother came
We had a great year and did so
much. We did so many things for the community. The girls
and I won't forget all the work and fun.
I hope leaders in the future will
realize that Girl Scouts is so much more than selling
Girl Scouts is more than just
doing crafts. They work together to learn about life and the
world they live in. Girls Scouts
give back to the community more
than they take.
The girls learn about patriotism,
the environment, government, countries and people all over the world
The girls learn how to help
the aged and people of all walks of life.
They learn about business,
travel, the solar system, preserving natural resources and how to
deal with life on a daily basis.
more important than anything in the world, they
respect, they learn how to get along, and they learn how
Meet the girls of our troop
Lindsey, Courtney, Shelby, Sarah, Allyson, Abaigeal, Hannah, Mya,
Rachael and Trisha.
Girl Scouts are
not just for girls. It is a family thing. The
moms and dads of
these fine girls support their girls and their
comes from their active participation and caring to see that their girls
develop into wonderful young ladies. Troop 835 is a Girl Scout
Junior Troop consisting of girls 8-11 in grades 3,4,5 and 6.
Watch them as they do things to make our world a better place to live
All of the girls received badges for
their hard work. Special trophies were earned by Abaigeal, Mya
and Rachael for being the top three sales girls.
ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE
Sleepovers can be lots of fun.
Some girls are just not ready for all that fun so we only had five
girls join the party. It was the
annual sleepover at the Westerly WMCA. Safe, secure and guaranteed to have you tired for the next
day. The girls enjoyed basketball, swimming, great food, a
movie and lots of other games. The
most important thing is that they enjoyed being with their Girl
Scout "sisters" away from home. They
proved their maturity and responsibility and had fun while doing
DESIGNING A TROOP
Our girls worked for three meetings to
come up with a flag which best expresses their feeling
of Girl Scouts. They started by
putting their heads together to make 4 flags. They reduced
best of all of their work to two flags
and finally one flag. Their meanings applied to each
portion of the flag included kindness,
friendship, respect, creativity, caring, hard work and
The nine blue stripes represent the
original nine girls in the troop. These girls have put
hearts in making this flag.
Shortly, the flags will be made and they will be flown proudly
the flag of our great
THE BURYING AND RETRIEVAL
Each girl put special treasures, pictures
and more into their individual steel container. They then
the container in an open field.
Their only hope of ever finding their cylinder again depends on how
good they drew their own maps. This
taught the girls about the history of time capsules and the
importance of accurate mapping.
LEARNING MAGIC AND BALLOON
THE MAKING OF A MUSIC AND
THE PREPARATION OF A
FEAST FOR SENIORS AT
What can I say? These girls
worked almost four hours to prepare a wonderful meal for senior
citizens. On Thanksgiving Day,
they gave more of their time to deliver these wonderful
The girls hard at work
below. They did everything without adult
The girls finishing up. Then off to
deliver on Thanksgiving Day to some of the people shown below and
CHRISTMAS TREE CUTTING
PARTY IN CT. WITH
DONATION OF THE TREES TO A
AND A SCHOOL. THE
GIRLS DECORATED THE
TREES WITH ALL OF THEIR OWN
The girls worked for hours on hand making
Christmas decorations. These ornaments will be put
the two trees we are
donating. This hard work paid off as it was also a family
dinner party and an
awards/badge ceremony. It was
hosted by Lolita's Pizza 1187D Main Street, Hope Valley
(401)539-0200 Lolita's was amazing
and they treated us like family. It was a great place for a
The food was delicious, the service was
excellent and the pricing was perfect. They also donated
a beautiful fruit and dip platter, fresh
vegetable and dip platter and refreshments for the girls.
A big warm thank you to Lolita's as you
have made December 1, 2003 a day we will never forget.
The girls cut the trees at the farm owned
by the Slimak family in North Stonington, CT. The Slimaks
graciously gave us a tour of the farm,
taught us about all of the types of Christmas trees, showed us
how to make a wreath and treated us to
cocoa and cookies. If that wasn't enough, they donated
trees and gave each of the girls a little
baby tree to nurture on their own. The girls were also given
"make your own ornaments" by Tonya
Morgan, daughter in law of the Slimaks. As the cold and
darkness set in, we took the girls out to
dinner at Hoptown Pizza. The end of a perfect day.
One week later it was time to create the
masterpieces. Two beautiful trees were donated to
Richmond Elementary School and the
Charlestown Senior Center. The girls proudly decorated
both trees with the beautiful ornaments
they had made. It was a real family affair as Hannah's
mom Cheryl helped us do the trees.
What a warm welcome we got as Hannah's grandfather
(Cheryl's dad) is the gentleman in charge
at the senior center. Three generations of family
surrounded by the Girl Scout
FREE SNOW PLOWING FOR
PERSONS IN NEED
Here is a project that has brought great
response and is really helping people in the community.
If only we had about 20 trucks,
the smiles we could bring. The recipients include senior
disabled, single parents and
GIRL SCOUT COOKIE
A TRIP ON THE AMTRAK
****** AMTRAK SAYS NO WAY
AND WE DECIDE TO WRITE TO THE
PRESIDENT OF THE
COMMUNICATING WITH GIRLS
I just had to put this in because it was a
story about the girls and me as featured in the Providence
Journal. Since I am always taking
the pictures, this will probably be the only
one of me. The point of the story is that men and families
need to get involved with Girl Scouts.
We need to all work together to make this
world a better place.
From the Providence Journal-Front page of the
South County Section dated December 9th, 2003:
Dads step in as Girl Scout leaders
08:16 AM EST on Tuesday, December 9, 2003
By Arline A. Fleming
Journal Staff Writer
Oh boy, this Hope Valley Girl Scout troop leader's name is
Rick McCulloch, father to Mya, and an arts-and-crafts novice,
wore a Girl Scout green sweatshirt at the afternoon meeting of Troop
835, Richmond, where Christmas decorations were being
produced with energy and flare.
"Keep working girls, we need at least 6,000 ornaments by tonight
_ just kidding, just kidding," he quickly added, responding to their
Troop 835 is one of a handful of Rhode Island troops being led by
men who volunteered to step in, with the blessings of Girl Scouts of
Rhode Island, Inc., when no one else did.
"We want girls to have strong, dedicated female role models in
Girl Scouting, but we also want the girls to see men as a natural
part of their lives," said Connie Worthington, assistant executive
director of funding and communications at Girl Scouts of Rhode
"When men participate in Girl Scouting, the girls see cooperation
and dedication among all adults," she added.
Richmond Troop 835 had been led by women until last summer when
the troop leaders retired. The core group of girls, which included
McCulloch's daughter Mya, 9, wanted to continue
as a group, so they waited for a volunteer.
They were still waiting when Rick McCulloch asked his daughter a
Journal photo / Kris Craig
MAN ON A MISSION: When Rick McCulloch found out his
daughter's Girl Scout Troop in Richmond didn't have a leader,
he volunteered to lead the girls. He coordinates a Christmas
tree decorating project with members of Troop 835.
"Mya, would you like Daddy to be your Girl Scout Troop
She hesitated, unsure of how the rest of Troop 835 would
When the other girls cheered and clapped at the possibility,
McCulloch knew he had better
study up on s'mores.
Troop member Courtney Cousineau, 9, of Richmond, likes the idea
of a dad being their leader.
Sitting on folded knees, scissors in hand, she nodded, it's fine
"It's different from everyone else, and he can be like, fun," she
McCulloch, 51, who was required to attend troop leader training,
recalled that first session.
"There were 41 women and me."
Thinking back to that session, his face became red. "By the end
of the day, they were like
my big sisters," he said, "and they are all truly dedicated
to the girls."
Mr. Rick, as the girls call him, already knew about the
challenges of children. He and his wife Paula waited for a decade to
become parents. When it didn't happen, they weathered the
adoption process, first for Mya, and then for a little
sister, Devan, both from China.
"There is nothing more important to me than my girls," McCulloch
That is why he puts in at least 10 hours a week, arranging the
meetings, the activities, the community service projects, and yes,
the cookie sales.
But being a Girl Scout leader in 2003 is a little more
wide-reaching than simply weekly crafts sessions and cookie
On the day before Thanksgiving, Girl Scout Troop 835 prepared a
traditional holiday dinner at McCulloch's house.
Thanksgiving morning, four of them piled into McCulloch's car and
delivered eight complete meals to local shut-ins.
"I do think it is wonderful that some men choose to participate
in Girl Scouting, to work with girls and women on projects for the
good of others," said Worthington.
Worthington said in keeping the best interests of the girls in
mind, there are definite rules in place.
"Our written Girl Scout safety standards dictate that each group
or troop have at least one adult leader and one or more assistant
leaders with at least one member an adult female unrelated
to the other adults. Fathers or male leaders are welcome on
trips with Girl Scouts and their female leaders, but only if
separate sleeping quarters and bathrooms are available for their
use on long trips or in overnight situations."
McCulloch's assistant troop leader is Katsumi Hann, mother to
According to Girl Scouts of Rhode Island, four other men are
officially involved with Rhode Island Girl Scouting.
They are Bill Wilson, who leads Riverside's 11-member junior
cadette Troop 103;
Harry West, who actually lives in Attleboro, but leads his
daughter's Daisy troop at St. Mary Academy, Bay View, in East
Steve Markovitz, a school physical therapist in Providence, has
led a troop there for more than a dozen years, and
Alan Auclair, an assistant leader in Woonsocket.
Markovitz, having been a Boy Scout, is father to two girls. He
said scouting was very important to him, and he wanted his daughters
to have a similar experience. When it looked as
if his older daughter's troop was going to be leaderless,
"It has been good to be part of it, and good for my
His group, Troop 422 of Providence, includes girls from several
high schools, which makes him proud and happy that he jumped in and
saved them from disbanding.
Markovitz was the recipient of a Leadership Development Award for
outstanding leadership, said Jennifer B. Robinson of Girl Scouts of
Rhode Island. "He had to have completed
one full year as a leader and had to have completed
numerous leadership development training activities, and then went
above and beyond as a volunteer leader," Robinson said.
Harry West, who is a runway safety program manager for the
Federal Aviation Administration, leads Daisy Troop 1281 of East
Providence, which has 12 girls.
"My daughter saw the Daisy's meeting last year at her school and
asked if she could become a Daisy Girl Scout this year when she
entered kindergarten," West said. "I inquired
around her school to see if anyone was going to do a troop.
No one seemed to be doing this, so I made several telephone calls to
find out what was required. I attended the basic
leadership training and started the troop at St. Mary
Academy, Bay View.
"I am an Eagle Boy Scout and scouting was very important to me. I
am trying to give back some of the benefits I received by being a
While his wife cannot attend the meetings, West said she helps
him plan many of the activities.
The Richmond troop has a full schedule ahead, said McCulloch, who
has past and future meetings on his computer. He even created a Web
site for the troop.
"I work a million hours a week as an auto parts consultant," he
said, but he still manages to plan his time around girl scout
activities, putting in at least five hours a week
preparing for meetings. His wife Paula, who works in a Westerly
doctor's office, devotes her after-work time to their younger
"It takes an amazing amount of time," McCulloch said of his newly
found hobby, "but I'm having a ball."