Monday, June 6, 2011

Over the Mountain Girl Scouts Earn Bronze and Silver Awards

Book Drive Earns Vestavia Girl Scouts Bronze Award

Reyna, Hannah, Dekiyah, Samantha, Rileigh, Barrett, Anna and Hannah of Girl Scout Troop 67 of Vestavia earned their Bronze Award for conducting a book drive for Better Basics, an organization that works to make a positive difference in the lives of children and their families by advancing literacy through enrichment and intervention programs. The Girl Scouts researched various schools in their community and learned that many of them did not have enough books in their libraries so the girls hosted a book drive to collect books for Better Basics. The girls enjoyed having the opportunity to give to the children and their families.

The Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Junior can earn. This award recognizes that a Girl Scout Junior has gained the leadership and planning skills required to follow through with a project that makes a positive difference in her community.

Supply Drive for Humane Society Earns Vestavia Girl Scouts Silver Award

Emily, Debbie and Abby from Troop 215 in Vestavia earned the Silver Award for their project to donating items to the Greater Birmingham Humane Society. The girls partnered with their local library to hold a supply drive to collect items. In addition, they made blankets for the animals to sleep on, and also organized a Halloween event where they charged a pet entry fee. The girls enjoyed their experience because there were able to work as a team and use their community resources to contribute to this worthy cause.

Visit to Family Services Center Earns Mountain Brook Girl Scouts Silver Award

Riva, Jessica, Grace and Michelle from Girl Scout Troop 231 of Mountain Brook, earned the Silver Award for their project with Collat Jewish Family Services (CJFS), an organization dedicated to providing services to senior adults, transportation, counseling, food for those in need and to teach ESL (English as a Second Language). The girls created documentaries of the lives of the individuals connected to CJFS. Through this project, the girls met people from different countries, learning about their cultures, childhood memories and their arrival in Alabama. This organization touches the lives of many and the girls were honored to be a part of this experience. The girls hope that their project will help CJFS acquire community recognition to encourage others in need to join.

The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn. This award symbolizes a Girl Scout Cadette's accomplishments in Girl Scouting and community activities as she matures and works to better her life and the lives of others.