There is a new type of troop in town for children, and it is completely different from Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts.

Kadie Daye

Folksy Scouts has only been around for about a year and it is unique because it is a modern-day, co-ed scout troop that teaches children skills and values that will help them navigate through the real world and adulthood. 


The Folksy Scouts’ mission is “to lead and teach all children practical and nurturing skills so that they may grow into self-sustaining, empowered individuals with an appreciation for nature and natural materials, sustainability with our earth, and thoughtful relationship building,” and I’ll simplify this so you know exactly what it means


Sarah Sendlbeck, owner of Big Mood and creator of Folksy Scouts, gave an example of how troop members would learn practical and nurturing skills. She said, “Boys can learn how to sew and girls can learn survivalist skills,” such as how to start a fire, etc.


I couldn’t help but wonder what it would be like if Folksy Scouts existed when I was growing up. I mean, I’m 22 and I don’t know how to change a flat tire, which is something that everyone should know how to do, right?


For the record, I loved Girl Scouts when I was a member, but I think that Folksy Scouts may offer the children in our community something different and we should further explore this option, don’t you think?


Folksy Scouts was founded on intentionality and learning skills often forgotten. Some of the Folksy Foundation patches that troop members earned in their first year of existence included handwork and knife skills, survivalist basics, gardening and harvesting, thrifting and mending then upcycling, cooking and baking, and entrepreneurship. 

Kadie Daye

There are yearly and monthly dues to be a part of Folksy Scouts, but the organization is currently holding a popcorn fundraiser to ease the cost of joining for new Folksy Scout members for the coming year. It also helps the organization achieve their goals to register as a 501C3 which would help Folksy Scouts expand to more areas. 


All the popcorn is made locally in Clarence, and with Sendlback being the founder of the organization and the owner of Buffalo’s first plant eatery, all popcorn flavors (with the exception of lemon meringue) are vegan. 

Kadie Daye

Folksy Scouts is recruiting now until October for the troop’s new season, and they will be fundraising through popcorn sales until then. If you are interested in joining the group or purchasing popcorn to help the current members fundraise, you can follow the group on Instagram @folksyscouts or click here for their website.

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