Thanks to Our Local Scouts for Giving

By Debra Sinick

Hi Rob,

Were you a Boy Scout or Girl Scout when you were a kid?  Do you remember how much fun it was?  The weekly meetings, making new friends, and working hard to earn badges.  I was a Girl Scout and a Brownie back in Connecticut where I grew up.  I remember how excited I was to earn those cherished  badges.

The Scouts are alive and well in Kirkland and I've had a chance to see the Scouts in my neighborhood, The Kirkland Highlands, in action.  Our two troops are real troopers.  Both groups work hard to have fun, earn badges by becoming more responsible citizens, and give back to the comunity.

The final numbers for the Eastside food drive were recently announced and Kirkland beat out all the other participating cities.  Kirkland collected 24,229 lbs. of food, 8000 lbs. more than any other city.  Our Scout troops helped the city be tops in food collection.  During the recent Eastside food drive, most of the food was collected on the Mayor's Day of the event.  But both Scout troops delivered the most food of any group in Kirkland after that date.  The Brownies, troop 52875, collected 1650 pounds of food, while the Cub Scouts, Pack 550, collected 644 pounds and $366.  Both troops took a Saturday morning and afternoon collecting food for the drive.

The Boy Scouts have helped out the Kirkland Highlands community on a number of occasions.  They've cleaned and barked our smallest park, Cedar View, and they've volunteered with the Cotton Hill Park cleanup.

At this time of Thanksgiving, I'm thrilled to be able to thank our Scout troops for keeping up the good work in Kirkland.   The two troops are learning to give back at young age, which is a very good thing.

If you know of someone or a group that should be recognized for their service or because of a need, please feel free to email me at to tell me about them.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Debra Sinick