Girl Scout Troop 1001 Displays Gingerbread Houses at The Highland Center




Highland County Girl Scout Troop 1001 has had lots of fun this year, capping it off with a 15+ year holiday tradition of creating gingerbread houses for our community to enjoy. This troop of Daisys might be young, but their creativity is through the roof!


“It was really fun to see how they turned out in the end and how we all had different ones.” That’s Edith White, a member of the group.


Each girl was allowed to design using her own theme, making for a wide range of styles and types. 


“I threw sprinkles on the house with lots of frosting on it. It looks just like a bunch of sparkly lights on the house.” That’s Clara Summers, who’s mom Lindy oversees the group alongside Troop Leader Mary Dowdy. 


The girls in troop 1001 started meeting the year after COVID, missing their first year that they could have been scouts due to the pandemic. Gingerbread house making holds an extra special place in their hearts because they made gingerbread houses during their first meeting back together. A lot has changed in their lives since that first meeting, no mandatory social distancing or masks are in place, but the tradition of Girl Scout gingerbread house making lives on. 


While there were lots of different themes for the houses, Alyssa Simmons summed up the favorite part of production for all the girls. “I think putting all the candy on it.”


The troop will take a break over the holidays, but won’t remain quiet for long. Up next, they are moving from gingerbread to Girl Scout cookie sales, a fundraiser that will support their  meetings and trips throughout 2024. 


After a stint at Wintertide, the troop’s creations will be on display at The Highland Center in the basement eating area until December 20. Lots of love, laughter, frosting, and sprinkles went into the creation of these gingerbread houses. So don’t miss your chance to see them.

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Brit Chambers

Brit Chambers is a resident of Highland County, Virginia and a news reporter for Allegheny Mountain Radio. She loves living in a small town and relishes the outdoor adventures and community feeling that Highland has to offer. Brit has a background in journalism, marketing, and public relations and spends her free time reading good books, baking sourdough bread, and hiking with her family.

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