Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
By Diane Thielen,
GS Troop 657
EV-W Girl Scouts Maddison Moyer and Erin Salo were recognized for earning their Cadette Girl Scout Silver Award Wednesday, May 30, at our annual Girl Scout award ceremonies. This is the highest award a Cadette Girl Scout can earn. In earning this award, they learned about the challenges of giving directions to different age levels of girls, being flexible when things don't go as scheduled, and the importance of having extra help in carrying out a plan. Maddison and Erin have served their Girl Scout community well with their hard work and skills. This is their report of the project they chose to do:
The project that we, Maddison Moyer and Erin Salo, chose to do for our Silver Award was called "Let's Stop Bullying and Play". We were looking for an activity to do, not just with the younger Girl Scouts but that would also apply to all younger children in our community. We started by going off of what we had done with our Journey book called "Amaze," which talked about relationships and how to maintain them. Then we looked for a need in our community to which we could apply the relationship tips that we had learned.
We started by brainstorming, and came up with a program that focused on bullying among elementary students. The program included a puppet show, readings from picture books about bullying, and a session of "What Would You Do?"
When we did our program for the first time, it was held during story hour at the Library/Event Center in Eden Valley. At the time, we hadn't made the puppets for our puppet show, so we had the kids read the play and then asked them what they thought. Then at our next meeting, we had our whole troop help us make little puppets out of paint sticks, foam and anything we found in our old troop supplies.
To fulfill our requirements we did our project twice more, once at the Girl Scout registration, and then again for Eagle Kids. The whole play seemed to interest the kids a lot more with the puppets, so after showing it to them once, we allowed them to perform the puppet show themselves.
We would like to thank all the people who helped us along our way to achieve this prestigious award. A big thank you to the people at Healthy Communities; for allowing us to use their facilities for one of our presentations, also to Eagle Kids for being so welcoming and providing a great audience. Then also, we must say thank you to Lexi Pauls for helping us make puppets and entertain the kids. As well as to our leader, Grandma Diane for driving us places, putting up with our procrastination, and helping us fill out all of our paper work. Without the help of everyone around us both in our families and community we wouldn't have been able to accomplish this and earn this award, so thank you!
Erin and Maddison are members of Eden Valley-Watkins Girl Scout Troop 657.