Girl Scout Brownie Troop #745 responded to a need in the community to assist a local organization, Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals (MSSPA). MSSPA is New England’s largest horse shelter; taking in abused or neglected horses.
Last month, the troop met outside the barn ready to receive directions from one of MSSPA’s volunteers.
The volunteer taught Troop #745 the ropes of cleaning out the horses’ stalls. When the girls first learned about the volunteer opportunity at MSSPA, their leaders reminded them that when volunteering, one does what is needed; the job may not always be fun or clean.
They still agreed that as a troop they wanted to help. They cleaned several of the horses’ stalls and the horse Noel’s paddock. They enjoyed meeting Noel.
The girls said they had fun and wanted to return to help another time.
It was a great experience to see all the volunteers in motion; many hands making light work to keep the farm running. The work feels good when you see the beautiful animals that are benefiting from it.
Girl Scouts of Maine builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. GSME provides services and support to over 12,000 girl and adult members statewide, and operates service centers and shops in South Portland and Bangor.