Sunday, July 13, 2014

Girl Scout Earns Silver Award for Renovation Project

Girl Scout Cadette Katelyn from Troop 643 in Chesapeake has earned the Girl Scout Silver Award, the second highest award a girl can earn in Girl Scouting, for her project that focused on the refurbishment and decoration of a bedroom at The Lodge, a Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast program annex building, located next to the regional program center in Chesapeake.

Katelyn painted stars on the bedroom ceiling
to resemble the night sky.
After a stay at The Lodge, Katelyn noticed that most girls favored the smaller decorated bedroom, and this inspired her to decorate the largest bedroom with a camping theme. She decided to renovate the space to make it a more enjoyable space for girls to stay.

To renovate the space, Katelyn repainted the room to resemble the night sky and forest, and painted the attached bathroom sky blue. She also made curtains to decorate the bottom bunks, creating a tent atmosphere. She built two bookcases that resemble canoes, as a way to represent a favorite camp activity while creating a functional storage space. She hosted a book drive to fill the shelves she made—one shelf with books related to Girl Scouting and one shelf with recreational reading materials.

“I hope my project inspires more action to decorate and update The Lodge,” Katelyn said. 

The Girl Scout Silver Award requires girls to identify an issue in their community and carry out a Take Action project to address the matter through leadership work. The Girl Scout Silver Award is the top award earned by Girl Scouts in middle school.

Katelyn put a coat of varnish as a finishing
touch on the canoe bookshelves she built to
create a library in The Lodge.