March 11, 2002
Silver now, going for gold
by Irvina Russell
Special to the Valley View
Several local Senior Girl Scouts recently earned their Silver Awards. Stephanie Boyd of Troop 1906, along with Troop 153 members Kora Jensen, Ailea Scarth and Meredith Russell, attended an award ceremony sponsored by Totem Council, and held at Seattle Center.
Two other local Scouts, Andrea Luce and Anna Mahnke, who didn't attend the ceremony,were also honored for earning their Silver Award.
The Silver Award, second highest award earned by a Girl Scout, requires the girls to earn related badges, explore careers and then carry out a project totaling more than 30 hours of preparation and planning, including eight hours of the actual project. Then, they must complete the record- keeping required by the Girl Scouts and submit it for approval.
Stephanie Boyd's Silver Award Project was a day-long event covering the basics of outdoor camping skills presented to 1st-3rd grade Brownies. The younger girls learned knots and lashing, compass skills, simple first aid and knife safety. They also cooked dinner, learned new songs and built a campfire. Stephanie then assisted Kora, Ailea and Meredith on their project.
Under the direction of Kim Howell, Troop 153 leader, and assisted by troop member Michelene Duvall, the girls planned and carried out all aspects of a two-night encampment. Offered to 1st-8th grade Scouts of the Duvall-Carnation area, this annual event was attended by 80 younger girls and 20 adults.
Kora was responsible for all registration and attendance records, Ailea developed a booklet with songs and camp information and Meredith coordinated all supply purchases. They worked collectively with Stephanie and Michelene to develop songs, games, craft activities and plan the meals.
"It was a lot more work than I thought," stated Ailea, "but it was worth the work to see the younger girls learn new skills."
What's next? The girls, joined by 12 more Girl Scouts, are now planning this year's encampment "Blast From the Past" to be held May 17-19.
"We are also working on prerequisite badges and looking for our Gold Award," offered Meredith. "And this time we will start early and finish early."