Honoring Our Girl Scout Sisters from Wisconsin Troop 3055
Our hearts are heavy with grief as we mourn the loss of our Girl Scout sisters from Wisconsin Troop 3055. The girls and volunteers were all living our mission, making their community a better place while following all proper safety protocols as they cleaned up a stretch of highway they had adopted. We’ve been hearing from many of you across the Movement who are asking for guidance on how to help, honor, and reach out to the families impacted by the tragic car crash that took the lives of our Girl Scout sisters Haylee, Jayna, Autumn, and Sara Jo, and left another Girl Scout, Madalyn, severely injured.
We encourage all Girl Scouts to honor Troop 3055 in whatever way is most meaningful to them. For inspiration, we’ve collected some ideas below.
Participate in a Memorial Vigil on Saturday, November 10
Troops from the local council, Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, have organized a memorial vigil for 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 10. This idea has spread nationally and internationally, and there are many communities in our council who are participating. Check with your service unit to see if a vigil has been planned on your area, or plan one on your own with your troop.
Join the Girl Scouts Days of Action
Troop 3055 was committed to community service. In their honor, the Girl Scout councils located in Wisconsin created the Girl Scouts Days of Action. Throughout the month of November, troops, individual Girl Scouts, service units, and membership areas are encouraged to perform service projects in their community to honor Haylee, Jayna, Autumn, and Sara Jo, who died while giving service to their community. By performing service projects locally, Girl Scouts will be spreading the impact of the important work we do, in the communities we each call home.
Hold a Last Friendship Circle
The Last Friendship Circle is a Girl Scout ceremony that is used to show love and respect from one Girl Scout to another at their last time together. At your next meeting, host a Last Friendship Circle and remember the Girl Scouts of Troop 3055 as a part of your friendship circle.
Purchase an “Honoring Troop 3055” Patch
A fun patch designer, Bella Patches, has created a patch to help the families affected by the accident. 100% of the profits will go to the families to help offset their expenses. We encourage troops to couple the patch with a service project in their local community.
The $2 patch is currently available for pre-order and will ship in December. Use the coupon code ‘3055FREESHIP’ for free shipping. Please note: Bella Patches is not affiliated with, endorsed by, or a licensee of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, Girl Scouts of the USA, or the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.
Send Letters of Love and Support
Girl Scouts are invited to send letters of love and support for Troop 3055 and their families to:
Girl Scouts of Northwestern Great Lakes
4222 Oakwood Hills Pkwy
Eau Claire, WI 54701
Wear a Green Ribbon
As a troop, get together and create green ribbons to wear to honor Troop 3055. Staff members at Girl Scouts of Western Ohio made ribbons to wear, and it was a great opportunity to collectively honor Haylee, Jayna, Autumn, Sara Jo, Madalyn, and their families.
As a Movement, our hearts are broken, but we’re so encouraged to see how we have all come together to provide support, comfort, and light to our Girl Scout sisters who have experienced such an incredible loss. Please keep Haylee, Jayna, Autumn, Sara Jo, Madalyn, and their families in your thoughts and prayers in the difficult days ahead.