Friday, February 27, 2015

Girl Scout Troop 629 Earns Silver Award

Members of Girl Scout Troop 629, Talia, Nicole, Darielle and Alyssa of Chesapeake, have earned the Girl Scout Silver Award, the second highest honor and achievement that girls can earn in Girl Scouting. The members of the troop, who share a love of history, realized that they do not learn much about the history of Chesapeake in school. For their project, in coordination with the 50th anniversary of the City of Chesapeake, the girls decided to make sure that the history of Chesapeake is not lost upon its citizens.

Members of Girl Scout Troop 629 with
GSCCC Board Chair Cheryle Mack after presenting their
project at a GSCCC board of directors meeting.
For their project, the girls visited the historical markers in Chesapeake, did research about the historical events and people that are commemorated on the markers and put together a video about the information they learned. The girls then visited local civic leagues, community centers and Girl Scout events to share the history of Chesapeake with members of the community. They presented their project at a meeting of the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast board of directors and set up a display at a Girl Scout volunteer retreat. The members of the troop also created bookmarks with facts about Chesapeake, as well as coloring and activity pages to leave with children so that their project left a lasting impression.

“I enjoy giving back to the community,” Talia said. “Making a positive impact on the people around us helps us to feel more connected to where we live.”

The members of Girl Scout Troop 629 spent approximately 60 hours on their project to earn the Silver Award.

In addition to this work, the girls in Troop 629 have spent time at Dominion Village Assisted Living Facility in Chesapeake, where they read to the residents, lead games, conduct musical performances and more. The troop also participates in the annual food drive at Deep Creek United Methodist Church and the annual Girl Scout Helping Hands Food Drive.

The Girl Scout Silver Award is a girl-led endeavor and the highest achievement earned by Girl Scouts in middle school.