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Centre Girl Scouts receive Silver awards

Staff writer

Centre Girl Scouts members Kate Basore, Rebecca Casey, Grace Peterson, and Victoria Reneau each earned the Girl Scout Silver Award this year.

The Silver Award is the highest award that can be earned by Cadette Girl Scouts in grades six through eight. It is designed to increase skill development, leadership, service, and career exploration.

The girls first completed a “journey” project. They identified Lincolnville City Park as an important resource in the community and presented ideas for improvement to the Lincolnville City Council.

The group installed and maintained landscaping in the park and made improvements to the bathrooms. They also introduced younger scouts to the new fitness trail and encouraged them to use it.

The girls began working toward the Silver Award this past spring. They all were interested in health and physical fitness and chose to focus their efforts in that area.

They organized a 5K color run and fun run. They interviewed run organizers and a coach to get ideas. They contacted local businesses and community leaders for donations and raised $595 to provide T-shirts and colored powder stations for the run.

The more than 55 runners were greeted with colored powder at aid stations and received much encouragement from spectators along the streets of Lincolnville.

In addition to the Cadette Girl Scouts, volunteers for the run included Centre USD staff, Boy Scouts, and community members. Participants received a “So Fetch and So Fit” t-shirt. A night at Country Dreams Bed and Breakfast was one of the donated prizes awarded to winners.

The final part of the girls’ project will help sustain their effort to keep a focus on health and fitness in the future. The Cadettes contributed ideas for a grant application to Blue Cross/Blue Shield Healthy Habits program. If awarded the grant, a new group of Cadettes will use the funds to teach peers about healthy snacks.

Each of the girls used their talents and interests during their project. They also discovered new interests and developed new skills. They look forward to their Gold Award projects.

Debra Casey, Michelle Reneau, and other community leaders provided assistance. After the girls obtained the Silver Award, everyone celebrated the accomplishment at a family bonfire and sleepover.

They will attend the statewide recognition event in 2015.

Last modified Nov. 20, 2014

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