Girl Scouts from Brasher Falls, Ogdensburg, Heuvelton and Rensselaer Falls were honored at the recent Young Women of Distinction Ceremony in Watertown.
The prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a scout can earn. In order to earn the award, girls must demonstrate their leadership abilities, complete Journey activities, the essence of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, and then spend at least 80 hours working on a Gold Award Take Action project that is meant to have sustainability within the community.
Only 50 girls throughout the 26-county jurisdiction of Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways earned the Gold Award this year. Four local Girl Scouts earned the Gold Award this year:
Amber Clark of Brasher Falls gathered family and friends to make an AIDS quilt and share it with students at her school, along with facts about the disease.
Kayla Kilgore of Evan Mills put together information from Fort Drum and the surrounding areas and put it onto a CD so that teenagers who are new to the area will know what there is to do.
Mary Lawrence of Ogdensburg started a small herb garden at her school with her high school’s Art and Earth Clubs. The garden will be used by the school’s cafeteria.
Cheyenne Shupp of Fort Drum created a Facebook page and website for teens on activities available in the area. She worked closely with the Army Community Service Coordinator who approved the copy for welcome packets on the post.
The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award girls in grades 6-8 can earn. The requirements to earn the Girl Scout Silver Award help girls gain leadership skills, complete Journey activities, the essence of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, and then spend at least 50 hours working on a project, either individually or with a small group, that provides a service to the community.
Local Girl Scouts earning the Silver Award are:
Marissa Ixtlahuac of Carthage; and Dakota Warren of Heuvelton.
The Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest award for Girl Scout Juniors, in grades 4 and 5. To earn the Girl Scout Bronze Award, girls must learn leadership and planning skills necessary to follow through on a project that makes a positive impact on her community. Girls can work within their troops to earn this award.
Local Girl Scout Junior troops earning the Bronze Award are:
Troop 50202 of Harrisville and Rensselaer Falls; Troop 50205 of Heuvelton;and Troop 50301 of Fort Drum and Black River.