Copperas Cove: Girl Scout launches new troop at homeless shelter

COPPERAS COVE, Texas (KWTX) The Gold Star Award is the highest honor a girl scout can get, but while working to earn one, a local scout's idea has developed into a greater purpose.

Photo By Chelsea Edwards

Elizabeth Herrera-Freed started out planning to donate cookies to the Cove House, but the simple effort turned into a mission to make an impact in a way that would last by creating a community troop for the children at the homeless shelter.

“They can still earn everything and learn all these skills, and it doesn't matter where they came from,” Herrera said.

With private apartments, the Cove House doesn't look like a typical homeless shelter, but it shares some of the same challenges.

“There are so many things they're turned away from just because they cost so much money,” she says.

But that’s not the case with Herrera’s new troop.

The first member is receiving her vest for free.

It was donated by a parent from another group.

Membership and badge fees are also waived for those who join.

“I got this badge and a daisy book,” says inaugural member Payton, showing off her new gear.

Here, there's no pressure to talk about the problems that most kids don’t typically have to face.

The scouts simply color their cares away under a common interest.

“I like girl scouts because there's only girls allowed!” laughs Payton.

With hopes of growing from a “daisy” to an “ambassador” like Elizabeth, her and other girls in similar situations will finally have that chance.

“Go-getter, innovator, risk-taker and leader- this is what we aspire to be as girls, and I just hope they realize how far they can go with those skills,” says Herrera.

Girls who are interested don’t have to live at the Cove House to get in on the new troop.