AUDUBON - After a hiatus without a Girl Scout Troop, a new troop has been formed in Audubon! Girl Scout Troop 226 is part of the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa and have 17 girls between kindergarten and fourth grade registered. “The Girl Scout way of doing things is a great addition to our community for our young girls,” said Kate Hargens, Troop Leader. “Girl Scouts encourages service to God and community, helping others and building relationships between girls and mentors.” Troop 226 has been meeting since November and is has a full calendar of fun activities for the 2020 year. “Our goal is for our troop to build relationships with our community and get involved. We are excited to have several community members and businesses that have volunteered to do something with our troop,” Hargens said. And of course, there are Girl Scout Cookies. Cookie sales kicked off Feb. 1 and will continue through March. Girl Scouts will be selling around the community and will also have a cookie booth set up at Audubon Food Land the weekend of Feb. 21. “As a new troop, we are starting from ground zero. Cookie sales will raise funds to pay for troop activities and supplies, as well as, help girls pay for camp or retreats.”

At their last meeting, Troop 226 made Valentine’s Cards for residents of the Friendship Home. Due to an anonymous donation, the troop will also be donating a case of Girl Scout cookies to the Friendship Home with their Valentine’s Cards. The troop has three leaders — Kate Hargens and Cassie Matthews from Audubon and Ashley Kesselring of Coon Rapids.