November 20, 2000
Girl Scout banners recognize community service
CARNATION - New banners proudly wave in Camp River Ranch's Helena Lodge. Four Girl Scout troops from Duvall to Carnation were chosen to create new banners to hang in the Girl Scout lodge. Totem Council challenged troops to complete five service projects in the last six months of 1999 in order to qualify for the Millennium Banner program.
"They do anything they can to help," Cindy Prather said of her Cadette Girl Scout troop.
Prather's Troop 1629 donated 1,100 infant meals to Children's Services of Sno-Valley. They also stenciled storm drains, cleaned waterways, picked up litter at local parks and participated in an environmental community project. They donated pies to the Overlake Food Bank and held a kids carnival. Prather was grateful for troop parents who made this possible.
Troop 1629 hand-drew detailed pictures of mountains, streams, animals, hiking, swimming, horseback riding and other activities that represent girl scouting.
They began thinking up ideas last September and finished creating the banner in July.
Melanie Decker's Troop 3095 was also excited about the hanging of their star-studded banner. The troop of 15 fourth-graders from Stillwater Elementary and the Eagle Rock Multi-Age School completed 2,000 hours of service to be part of the project. They marked storm drains and donated Thanksgiving baskets to the Sno-Valley Senior Center in Carnation.
During the watershed festival at Tolt-MacDonald Park, they helped kids learn about salmon and the predators salmon face during spawning. They helped with Girl Scout recruitment night and the back-to-school kick-off event, and they hosted a Halloween party for Brownie and Daisy Girl Scouts.
Each girl in Troop 3095 cross-stitched her name on a star. They outlined these white stars with ribbon and added a fall of multi-colored ribbons like a shooting star. Six troop members attended the Millennium Banner Celebration in September and proudly showed off their handiwork.
The 11 girls of Junior Troop 635 donated time to help both old and young in their community in order to qualify for the project. They decorated the Sno-Valley Senior Center at Christmastime and sewed miniature stockings with pacifiers for the babies born at Overlake Hospital on Christmas day.
The owner of Tolt Hill Preschool had recently lost her husband, and the troop and their families spent an autumn afternoon raking leaves in her huge yard.
"It makes them feel good to help others," said Troop Leader Tami Canady.
Troop 635's banner boldly states "Scouting Into the Millennium." Four slogans follow: New Friends, New Adventures, Wider Opportunities and New Skills. Each of these is illustrated with drawings. While Canady was unable to attend the banner ceremony, she's looking forward to seeing the banners in the lodge.
Totem Council also selected Troop 1906, a Junior Troop of eight eighth-and ninth-grade girls, who have since bridged to seniors, to participate in the banner program. The troop under the direction of Denise Mahnke had completed several service projects. They are still in the process of completing their banner.