Friday, September 4, 2015

The Bronze age: Girl Scout Juniors earn highest award

Girl Scouts in Washington County are working to make their world a better place while earning the Bronze Award!

The Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest honor a Junior Girl Scout in fourth and fifth grade can achieve.

To earn the award, Girl Scouts work together as a team to help make a lasting impact on the community.

Girl Scouts in Troop 51930 recently earned the Bronze Award through projects that helped make their corner of the world a better place.

Girl Scouts Kaitlyn, Marah and Lorah wanted to help their classmates deal with test anxiety as they prepared for the annual state assessment tests. Through their project—called “Less Stress for PSSAs”—they distributed gift bags to every fifth-grade student at Trinity East and Trinity North elementary schools. The bags contained stress balls the girls made, candy, test-taking tips and mints.

They also presented to each fifth grade classroom at both schools about coping with test anxiety. Posters they created featuring test-taking tips and positive messages were displayed throughout the school during the test weeks as well.

Girl Scouts Meg, Katelin, Meredith, Natalie focused their Bronze Award project on veterans through a variety of local efforts:
  • The girls held drives at local events to collect items for care packages for veterans.
  • They organized an event for the public that featured a keynote speech by a veteran. 
  • They wrote letters to veterans.
  • The girls helped the American Legion put American flags on veterans’ graves for Memorial Day. 
  • They created 20 care packages for Meals on Wheels to distribute to veterans in their service area.
Girl Scouts’ service projects like these not only benefit the community, but the girls as well. The experience gives girls the confidence and the tools to help them become the citizens who will make a difference in the world.

According to a study by the Girl Scout Research Institute, women who were once Girl Scouts are more likely than non-alumnae to volunteer, donate money, goods or services, and contribute to charities on a regular basis.

Girl Scouts are making a difference throughout Washington County. They keep the promise they make as Girl Scouts all year long, taking action to make the world a better place, one project at a time.