On a recent October evening in Billings, Girl Scouts from Troop 2497 spent the night in “Camp Tagalong,” a shelter they built out of recycled cardboard and Girl Scout cookie boxes.
The Girl Scouts were among nearly 300 people who gave up a comfortable night in their warm beds to sleep outside and walk in the shoes of someone without the comforts of a home as part of the Cardboard Box City event. The annual activity is sponsored by Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) to raise awareness about homelessness in the Billings community.
“We even took the girls to breakfast the next morning without changing out of the clothes that they slept in or using a hairbrush or toothbrush to give them a glimpse into the life of someone homeless,” said troop leader Bridget Moore.
The troop plans to continue the experience by preparing and eating dinner with some of the families currently in the IHN program that will be hosted at the church where the troop holds its meetings.
Watch the KULR8 news video from the event.