Huge Girl Scout thanks to Sue Neal for her story contribution!
Warwick Service Unit Program Coordinator Suzanne Neal-Steinhilber and Recruitment Specialist Cary Izzi offered Cupcake decorating wars to Juniors and up during the December break. There were 32 teams of 2, registered to complete, they were all Juniors and Cadettes. There were 4 separate troops represented, 44, 186, 164, and 274. To register the girls had to come up with a team name.
The girls were challenged to three separate "themed" competitions, Spring, Girl Scouts and Animals, and for each challenge they had 45 minutes. Each challenge they had to make 3 of the same cupcake and were judged on degree of difficulty, creativity and execution. The goal of this program was just to have some fun. However, it turned out to be so much more than that, as to succeed the girls had to learn to work as a team, understand the limitations of their partner and choose the cupcake that they could both do the best at. Many of the teams met multiple times to perfect their cupcakes and to change what they had originally picked. They had to bring everything with them but the cupcakes and the icing. They needed to be organized and to think on their feet if they had forgotton something. They also learned the importance of communication when working as a team.
The imagination and creativity of these girls was amazing was witness, and there were some fabulous cupcakes! It was obvious to anyone present that these teams had put a lot of thought and effort into their design creations. The cupcake that won for Spring themed was a beautiful sunflower with a small lady bug on it - done all in frosting made by team "Once Upon a Cupcake" Kat Hermanowski and Natalie Portillo. The cupcake that won for Most Girl Scout was an archery bulls eye with an arrow sticking out of it made by "Sassy Sprinkles" Arianna Izzi and Hayley Collins, and the cupcake that won for the Best Animal was a pig playing in the mud made by team "Cupcake Cadettes", Abby Steinhilber and Melea LoPiccolo.
All of the teams slept at Camp Hoffman that night, Annabelle Tracy stated "The best thing about staying overnight at Wellville during Christmas vacation was Cupcake Wars".
And Annabelle wasn't alone! Other girls had great things to say too...
"I loved decorating cupcakes with my friends" Emily Stepalavich said. And Hayley Collins stated " It taught us how to communicate, learn and be creative together as a team". Destiny Boyce shared "The cupcake Wars was more challenging than I thought but was really fun and I would do it again!". Safe to say the overall consensus of the girls was that they loved it and want to do it again.
Each girl got to bring one cupcake home from each challenge and the 3rd cupcake was to be donated. The participating troops donated over 90 cupcakes to Welcome House in Wakefield, RI. Welcome House is a provider for those who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. It consists of an emergency shelter, community housing and support services as well as a meal-site serving lunch to the local community. The agency supports 70-75 individuals daily throughout its homeless network.
Arianna Izzi, Abigail Steinhilber and Olivia Sturtevant brought the cupcakes to the Welcome House. They were very appreciative of the donation and as a result of the donation were able to serve their members dessert that day.