EL PASO, Texas-- When you think about Girl Scouts you probably think, cookies! Well, Troop 55912 showed ABC-7's Iris Lopez that being a girl scout requires a lot more skills than just selling cookies.
Iris spent an evening at Helen Ball Elementary school with a few Girl Scouts from the Desert Southwest to see what other skills they learn during their troop meetings.
"Girl Scouts is about building girls of courage, confidence and it all starts right here at troop meetings," said Ileana Martinez, Chief Marketing Officer for the Girl Scout Desert Southwest.
Troop meetings are where the girls are able to get together and use their imagination while learning valuable skills like the Daisies who created a live action digital video game. The young girls were able to learn about algorithms and coding through the activity.
Up next, the Brownies who were earning their bug badge. The girls learned about crickets and played a few trivia games as they created a cricket environment for their very own cricket in a mason jar.
The Junior girl scouts used their imagination and creativity to create their very own jewelry while the Cadets did a little wood work.
"This one in particular was giving them the skills to follow instructions, to assemble to use a hammer and nails," said Meagan Martinez, Co-leader of Cadets 55912.
For some Cadets, coming to these girl scouts meeting are the highlight of their week.
"It just helps me get out in the community instead of being home stuck on my phone," said Cadet Girl Scout Jacquelyn Kalnas, "this is kinda my highlight for the week because you come and you get to talk about your day and then there's also days where you focus on your mental health and emotional, and it's just time between girls to get to know each other and express how you feel."
"The importance of girl scouts really comes down to giving them a safe place to learn, to grow, to find friendship, to find sisterhood, to learn life experiences," said Meagan Martinez.
Throughout the meeting the young girls showed the hard work they do every meeting in order to obtain their badges. Proving that being a Girl Scout is a lot more than just selling cookies. It's about giving young women the tools to create the future they imagine.