In the fall of 1993, Kim Baker started a Girl Scout troop, a troop that would serve girls with special needs. Kim started Troop 10742 in Burke County 27 years ago because the girls had no other organizations to join and she wanted them to be a part of something. Kim’s daughter was in Girl Scouts and inspired her to start this troop. As Kim recalls, “I thought maybe this would be a group they could join and have some of the same experiences as my daughter. I was a teacher at North Liberty School then and we met twice a month. We even camped in the gym in real tents and made s’mores.”
When Kim retired in 2010, she moved the troop to her church and continued to meet twice a month. The girls love making swaps, crafts, doing service projects and playing games. They have formed a wonderful friendship of sisterhood. The older and more able girls love to help the other girls who need it.
The trip to Savannah was a dream the girls had many years ago. Most of the girls had never been on such a trip.
The girls and chaperones (mostly mothers of the girls) spent 5 days and 4 nights in Savannah from October 7-11, 2019. The girls were able to experience riding on a charter bus, trolley, horse drawn carriages and a boat tour to see the dolphins.
They got to meet Paula Deen and have pictures made with her. They ate at Lady and Sons, The Pirate House, Spanky’s, Savannah Smokehouse, Leopold’s, The Crab Shack and many other places.
The troop also visited the Juliette Gordon Low birthplace for a class and then a pinning ceremony, First Headquarters for a class, the grave site of Juliette Gordon Lowe, River Street, St. John’s Cathedral, Tybee Island lighthouse and the Tybee Island Marine Science Center. The girls also liked to make the smashed pennies for their scrapbook.
Everyone had the trip of a lifetime! Kim says the girls can’t wait to get their souvenirs and pictures in a Savannah scrapbook, and they are already ready for another adventure!