By: Sharon Aron Baron
The Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida held their first Silver Award Showcase honoring the 2019 class of Silver Award Girl Scouts.
Among the 137 Girl Scouts who earned their Silver Award this year, 76 of them are Broward County residents who worked as individuals or as a small group to complete 28 different projects benefiting their communities. In Coral Springs, 12 outstanding Cadette Girl Scouts completed three Silver Award projects benefitting the city.
Girl Scouts Fiona B., Marissa C., and Lynnae V. from Troop 10012 created their project “Bee Scouts Saving Bees” after learning about the general decline in the bee population. These three Girl Scouts worked together to build a collection of beehive boxes which are now being housed in the Coral Springs Apiary (which they helped construct) behind the Coral Springs Community Garden. They taught over one-hundred people about the importance of bees and how to make seed bombs to help the declining population.
Another project titled “Paws 2 Care”, a dog adoption awareness program, was created by Cadette Girl Scouts Sienna B., Matilda C., Katherine M. and Becca M. from Troop 10151 in Coral Springs. These four girls worked closely with Paws 2 Care in Hollywood to create dog adoption kits (complete with dog beds, toys, and blankets) and informational flyers, which they passed out in their local community.
Benefitting another local non-profit, Ione F., Leah S., Ellie S., Melina M., and Isabel D. from Troop 10151 worked together to complete their project “Inspirational Garden and Mural at SOS Children’s Village.” The Girl Scouts wanted to create a safe and inspirational space for the children at SOS to meet with their counselors and caregivers. Many of the children have been through traumatizing experiences, and it was important for the Girl Scouts to give them a calm space. These five girls hand-painted a mural using donated paints, built a brick pathway, and installed two benches to complete the space.
The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award that can be earned by Girl Scout Cadettes in grades 6-8. It is accomplished by an individual or small group of girls who design and complete a project with a minimum of 50 logged hours. To earn the award, Cadettes must flex their leadership muscles by doing research and taking action on issues of their choice, all while creating positive change. Their project must fulfill a need in the community, create change, and be sustainable with long-term possibilities.
Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida serves nearly 10,000 girls in Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee Counties. This includes Coral Springs, Margate, Parkland and Coconut Creek. To explore opportunities to volunteer or partner with, or join Girl Scouts, call 561-427-0177 or visit www.gssef.org.