Girl Scouts earn Gold, Silver awards

Girl Scouts earn Gold, Silver awardsGirl Scout Troop 74 of Ridgecrest traveled to Tulare on April 12 for the Girl Scouts of Central California South Council’s Gold Award ceremony. Five troop members were honored with the Girl Scout Gold Award and Trifecta Award, and t were honored for the Girl Scout Silver Award.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award in Girl Scouting. Only 5.4 percent of qualified Girl Scouts earn this award. The award challenges girls to make a difference in their community. Only girls in high school can earn the Girl Scout Gold Award.

The Trifecta Award honors the scouts who have completed the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. All five Gold Award recipients received the Gold Society green jacket, a letter of congratulations from the city of Ridgecrest, a letter from Vice-President Biden, multiple letters from members of Congress and other mementos.

Rachel Fortney earned the Gold Award by completing her “Step Up Your Game” project. Rachel wanted to help elementary school girls transition into middle school basketball programs. She developed a weeklong camp to teach girls the basics of middle-school basketball.

Grace Haddock earned the Gold Award by completing her “Read 2 Me” project, which involved developing “Read 2 Me” kits for the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, Ridgecrest Women’s Shelter and NAWS Child Development Center. Grace also coordinated a reading week for preschool youngsters in addition to donating 380 books and a bookshelf to the Women’s Shelter.

Abbie McCormick earned the Gold Award by completing her “Health and Fitness Through Volleyball” project in which she organized a volleyball camp for middle school girls. At the camp, girls learned volleyball skills and received recipe books filled with ideas for healthy snacks.

Brittany McCullough earned the Gold Award by completing her “Autistic Sensory and Sight Development Curriculum” project, a weeklong sight and sensory curriculum for autistic children at Richmond Elementary Summer School. Her curriculum used a theme of camping to make learning fun. She also donated $700 worth of camping-themed equipment to the resource room at Richmond Elementary School.

Mallory McDaniel earned the Gold Award by completing her “Fostering Our Furry Friends” project, during which she promoted awareness of the animal fostering program for the Ridgecrest Animal Shelter. She made and distributed hundreds of informational pamphlets. Mallory also organized a Pet Workshop to teach young girls about pets and fostering.

Hayley and Jenny Weik were honored with the Girl Scout Silver Award for their project to make blankets for the DART preschool.

Hayley and Jenny made 30 fleece blankets to be used by the children.

Troop 74 Gold and Silver Award winners (from left) are Jenny Weik, Rachel Fortney, Abbie McCormick, Brittany McCullough, Grace Haddock, Mallory McDaniel and Hayley Weik. These Girl Scouts completed a variety of innovative projects to help make our community better.

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Story First Published: 2014-04-23