Troop 6000: The Girl Scout Troop That Began in a Shelter and Inspired the World

Troop 6000: The Girl Scout Troop That Began in a Shelter and Inspired the World

The extraordinary true story of the first Girl Scout troop designated for homeless girls--from the homeless families it brought together in Queens, New York, to the amazing citywide and countrywide responses it sparked.

Giselle Burgess, a young mother of five, and her children, along with others in the shelter, become the catalyst for Troop 6000. Having worked for the Girl Scouts earlier on, Giselle knew that these girls, including her own daughters, needed something they could be a part of, where they didn't need to feel the shame or stigma of being homeless, but could instead develop skills and build a community that they could be proud of.

New York Times journalist Nikita Stewart embedded with Troop 6000 for more than a year, at the peak of New York City's homelessness crisis in 2017, spending time with the girls and their families and witnessing both their triumphs and challenges. Stewart takes the reader with her as she paints intimate portraits of Giselle's family and the others whom she met along the way. Readers will feel an instant connection and express joy when a family finally moves out of the shelter and into a permanent home, as well as the pain of the day-to-day life of homelessness. And they will cheer when the girls sell their very first cookies.

Ultimately, Troop 6000 puts a different face on homelessness. Stewart shows how shared experiences of poverty and hardship sparked the political will needed to create the troop that would expand from one shelter to fifteen in New York City and ultimately to other cities around the country. Also woven throughout the book is a history of the Girl Scouts, and how the organization has changed and adapted to fit the times, meeting the needs of girls from all walks of life.

Troop 6000 is the ultimate story of how when we come together, we can improve our circumstances, find support and commonality, and experience joy, no matter how challenging life may be.

Title:Troop 6000: The Girl Scout Troop That Began in a Shelter and Inspired the World
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781984820754
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    Troop 6000: The Girl Scout Troop That Began in a Shelter and Inspired the World Reviews

  • Sam

    Thank you #NetGalley for the free ARC in exchange for an honest review. This book will be released May 19th, 2020. When I saw that there was a girl scout Troup formed in a shelter, I was very interest...

  • Molly

    When I saw the description of TROOP 6000, a true story about a Girl Scout troop formed in a hotel being used as a homeless shelter in New York City, my interest was piqued. My first job out of college...

  • Jane Miller

    #Troop6000 #NetGalley Girl Scouting began in the United States in March 1912.. Since then Girl Scouts have been instrumental in helping millions of girls explore their potential, take on leadership ro...

  • Luanne Ollivier

    I am drawn to non fiction that informs me, teaches me and opens my eyes. Troop 6000 by Nikita Stewart is one of those books.It's hard to see the subtitle on the cover but it reads 'The Girl Scout Troo...

  • Susan

    An inspiring book about overcoming hopelessness with self determination , Giselle who is a mother of five , cannot keep up with her rent and is evicted from her apartment. Her and her children, living...

  • Diane

    Every man, woman and young adult needs to read this book. Every person who looks down at the homeless needs to be educated as to their plight. They are not in this situation because they want to be. M...

  • Kristine

    Troop 6000 by Nikita Stewart is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early June.It becomes highly emotive as the real world and big city creeps into the scouts' idyllic roles and intent to gain skill...

  • Janet

    I received this ARC in a Goodreads Giveaway. Thank You!I have very mixed feelings about this book. The author certainly had a point of view and sold it in a subtle way. Also, the writing seemed aimed ...

  • Katra

    This is an inspiring story of a woman, her daughters, and a movement to give meaning and direction in difficult circumstances. From an almost anti-scouter, to an unwilling leader, to devotee, to crusa...

  • Ashley Giammona

    Rating: 5/5 Stars I absolutely adored this book. Reader, if you don’t know me, I work for Girl Scouts, myself, just across the river from where this story took place. Troop 6000 is like “folklore...