Troop 56288 takes action for Brianna


Daisy Troop 56288 in Wyoming came up with a special idea for a year-end project. As the girls walked outside of Wyoming Elementary school, they passed by a garden and a sign reading, “Brianna’s Garden, In memory of Brianna Rae Hestekin, 1996-2005.” They identified the need for some TLC.
As the troop began to inquire and seek approval to take over the care and upkeep of the original garden (2006). Troop leaders Jenny LaBelle and Susan DeReu said the project started out as a “Take Action Project” that could be completed quickly, but instead, it became something very special with an important meaning behind it.
Originally, the garden was constructed in 2006 by the Daisy Troop in which Brianna had been a member; the garden was dedicated to her memory. Brianna lost her courageous battle to Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer, the previous year. According to 2006 Daisy Scout leaders Nicci Malm and Lisa Peterson, the troop built the garden with the help of parents and grandparents. After completion, the garden was used for the “Bridging Crossover Ceremony,” in which the first-grade Daisy Scouts advanced to Brownies.
According to Troop Leaders LaBelle and DeReu: “The more our troop learned about Brianna, the more important the garden became. This has been such a meaningful opportunity for our troop. We are so grateful and touched to have had the opportunity to honor Brianna and keep her memory alive.” The girls love the part of the Girl Scout law about being a sister to every Girl Scout. This project was an opportunity for them to demonstrate it.
(excerpt from Forest Lake Times, June 25, 2015)