The Girl Scouts of Service Unit #4 had a remarkable number of girls receiving their Gold and Bronze Awards during the 2008-2009 Scouting year. For the first time in twelve years, a Girl Scout from Talbot County received the Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting. A National Award with high standards, the Gold Award represents a girl’s time, leadership, creativity, and effort contributed to making her community a better place. Only 3 percent of Girl Scouts nationwide will earn this prestigious award each year. Katherine Schumacher of Easton (Troop 612) earned her award by creating and organizing a computer database for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Talbot County’s library. Schumacher picked out software for the program to use and entered all of their materials into the database. She also shelved everything in a way that helps CASA volunteers to find resources more quickly and easily.
Kelsey Abbott of St. Michaels, Christina Thomas of Tilghman, and Kaitlyn Whitby of Easton (all in Troop 453) earned the Bronze Award, the highest award a Junior Girl Scout can earn, by helping the environment. They learned about recycling and how to best recycle materials in Talbot County. Whitby and Thomas manned a table at the Bay Day Celebration at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. They demonstrated the reusing of unrecyclable materials and handed out information on recycling in Talbot. Kelsey Abbott held a program on recycling at the St. Michaels Library. She displayed information about the importance of recycling and handed out information.
Also using recycling as a theme, Girl Scouts Rose Willis, Jamie Millard, Lexi Gale, Karlin Foote, Cayley Ross, Shelby Barnes, Emma Shreves and Heather Matthews, all of Easton (Troop 1252), created a recycling center at Camp Todd Girl Scout Camp in Denton. The girls collected such things as glass and plastic jars, newspapers, frosting and yogurt containers, scrap paper, and more. They also collected bookshelves and cabinets to store the items in. Now any Troop using the camp can easily find materials for a multitude of craft projects and will be helping the environment at the same time!
A ceremony was held in May at the Elks Lodge in Easton to honor the girls and present them with their awards.
Girl Scouts is for any girl in grades Kindergarten though twelve who would like to make a difference in her community and the world. For more information or to join a troop, call Amy Schisler at 410-745-2559 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.