A Girl Scout Troop for Homeless Girls Set Up Shop in NYC With a Big Goal in Mind

Troop 6000 is made up of girls who reside in New York City homeless shelters and set a giant goal for their first year: Sell 6,000 boxes of cookies.
Courtesy of Kelly Marsh, Girl Scouts of Greater New York

As if we need any excuse to crack open a box of Thin Mints! A girl scout troop in New York City is doing more than just selling cookies—they’re inspiring a city of millions.

Troop 6000 is a homeless shelter-based Girl Scout troop made up of about two dozen girls and is teaching the message that every girl deserves the same opportunity—no matter their living situation or life circumstance. 

The little entrepreneurs set up a cookie stand at Kellogg’s NYC, a cereal cafe located in Manhattan’s Union Square, and they’ve created a high goal to sell for their first year: 6,000 boxes! (Something tells us they’ll definitely meet that.)

"Girl scouting has taught me that you don't have to be worldly to belong in this world," said Sanaa, a member of Troop 6000. 

Members of the troop will be selling cookies Friday, April 13, from 4 to 6 p.m., and Saturday, April 14, between 2 and 4 p.m, so if you're in the area, swing by and buy a box (or five) while they’re still there. And be sure to check out the specialty items at the café as well; Kellogg’s NYC will also donate proceeds from it to the troop. You can also donate to the troop directly by visitingGirlScoutsNYC.org.

“Girl Scouting will change these girls’ lives by giving them a sense of sisterhood and community and the courage, confidence, and character to make the world a better place,” says Meridith Maskara, CEO of Girl Scouts of Greater New York.

Troop 6000 was specially launched in 2016 at a single family shelter to serve the thousands of girls living in the New York City Shelter System. The Girls Scouts, in partnership with the City, the Mayor's Fund, and private sector partners, is aiming to greatly expand the work to several new sites around the City.

Good luck to Troop 6000 (and all the other troops) this year!

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