Daisies meet adopted soldier

Daisy Troop 70562 of Fulton met Brandon Craig, a U.S. sailor they adopted to earn a patch, on Tuesday. They brought Craig a gift at the meeting and sent him items throughout the project.

Daisy Troop 70562 of Fulton met Brandon Craig, a U.S. sailor they adopted to earn a patch, on Tuesday. They brought Craig a gift at the meeting and sent him items throughout the project. Photo by Stephanie Backus.

Earning patches is a big part of being a Girl Scout. That begins early with Daisy Troops — the youngest scouts, usually aged in preschool or kindergarten — so Fulton troop leader Phyllis Garnett went online to find a patch her Daisies might be interested in doing.

“They can earn a patch for adopting a soldier,” Garnett said. “So I found a soldier from Fulton for them to adopt.”

Garnett had known Brandon Craig, 23, of Fulton, since he was a child. So she called him.

“She’s always been like an aunt to me,” Craig said. “When she called and asked, I told her I would do it.”

On Tuesday, Craig met the troop that had been sending him packages while earning that patch.

“It was pretty fun for the girls,” Garnett said. “They all brought in different items each time. We always sat down and talked about what things they could bring for Brandon. I think they were very excited to participate like this.”

The girls were joyous during the time they met Craig on Tuesday. They brought him a gift and got to interact with him during their meeting.

“It was a lot of fun,” Craig said.

Garnett set up the meeting for troop members while Craig, a member of the United States Navy, was in Fulton on leave.

“I’ve had a lot of fun serving my country,” he said. “I’ve gotten to travel the world and had my college paid for.”

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