By Joseph Pratt
Cadette Girl Scout Troop 1190 from Clay Local Schools has been doing their part to make the world a better place, while focusing on community service in the Rosemount area. They are currently working on their Silver Award, which is the highest level award Girl Scout Cadettes can earn, while volunteering at Sierra’s Haven for New and Used Pets, by helping with cleaning and caring for the animals.
Last month, the troop helped at a rest station for Southern Ohio Medical Center’s annual Hike for Hospice event and decorated graves for Memorial Day in Rubyville; in the fall, the troop has an annual event called School Clothes Closet; in the winter, they held an event called Mitten Drive, as well as a toy drive at Christmas.
Members of the troop are: Taylor Mullins, Abbey Ware, Madison Nigh, Delanie Gilliland, Darby Garrett, Jensen Warnock, Brooklyn Hurt, Hannah Phipps, and Jaelyn Warnock. Troop leaders are Julie Warnock and Andrea Nigh.
“I think my scouts realize how important it is to give back to the community. To earn their Silver Award, they all did separate projects and what they take away from it is how good it is to do something for different organizations,” Julie Warnock said.
The Scouts must complete at least 40 hours of volunteer time to earn their Silver Awards. They can achieve this by working alone or by a troop as a whole. Most Scouts choose to go and complete their hours with the rest of their scouting friends. The scouts will also need to focus on another comprehensive project and are considering one about the importance of spaying and neutering pets.
“The Girl Scout Promise states: ‘On my honor, I will try to serve God and my country, to help people at all times, and to live by the Girl Scout law.’ We can do that by being good citizens, which requires us giving back to the community,” Julie Warnock said.
Scouts with a Silver Award are in the grades sixth through eighth. Those troop members are close to completing their current level and advancing to Gold Award Scouts.
“I’m very proud of all of them for taking the initiative to do all of this; it is a lot of work,” Julie Warnock said. “Most of these girls have been with us from the beginning, in Kindergarten, and we’ve had very few drop out of the program. I’m proud of the 10 who have stuck with it.”
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