Beyond the Cookies with Troop 4793

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If you think Girl Scouts is just about cookies, you are missing the full story. Girl Scouting has been around since 1912 with the mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. And, it’s happening right here in our backyard. More than 59 million women in America today enjoyed Girl Scouts during their childhood—and that number keeps on growing as Girl Scouts of the USA continues to inspire, challenge, and empower girls everywhere.

 

A big congratulations to Girl Scout Troop 4793. Six of the eight girls in the troop recently received their Silver Awards. This is no small feat. The Silver Award is the second highest award in Girl Scouts and it’s the highest award that a Girl Scout Cadette can earn.

When you think of Girl Scouts, you might immediately picture cookies and green vests, but as these girls will quickly explain, Girl Scouts is about a lot more than cookies. They have learned leadership, community service and the value of friendship. Troop 4783 is a great example of all of the amazing benefits you can reap by taking advantage of the program Girl Scouts offers.

Caroline Leung, Daryn Schvimmer & Rebecca Glatts have been together in Girl Scouts since Kindergarten when they started as Daisies. Julianna McElmell joined as a Daisy in the first grade. Ainsley Hobart started as a Brownie in 2009 and Amelia Scharin joined Girl Scouts in the sixth grade. Together, these young women have developed life-long friendships and have supported each other through the various levels of scouting.

To earn the Silver Award, girls must complete a Cadette Journey and then they have to complete a 50-hour service project that is sustainable and educational. The six girls teamed up in groups of two for their projects:

 

  • Ainsley & Caroline worked with Operation Hope and the San Elijo Middle School Jazz Band to put on a concert at the local shelter. The concert was a celebration in an otherwise stressful time prior to families moving out of the homeless shelter.
  • Daryn & Rebecca worked with Operation Hope by collecting donations to put together Move-Out Kits for families leaving the homeless shelter to assist them during their transition.
  • Julianna & Amelia created a project to help animals in need. The girls worked with the San Diego County animal shelter and made over 100 pet beds for cats and dogs at the shelter.

The girls are grateful for all of the skills they have learned while in Girl Scouts – from leadership to business skills, time management and problem solving. And, they have done all of this while still being busy and successful high school students.

This year, they will all begin their sophomore year at San Marcos High School – where each of them participates in a variety of activities including: sports, clubs, band, theater and more.

 

All of the girls highly encourage younger girls to stick with Girl Scouts for the long haul. It’s a fantastic way to try new things, achieve goals and create memories that will last for life.

Now as Senior Girl Scouts these gals will move on to complete their Gold Awards. We are so proud of the determination and focus these young women are developing and offering back to the community. Keep up the great work!

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