Friday, February 12, 2016

2016 Buck Harris Award

The award was presented to Alauna by Jordan Thomas,
a previous Buck Harris Award honoree.
Virginia Beach Girl Scout Senior Alauna was recognized with the Buck Harris Award on Saturday, February 6 during the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast Annual Awards Luncheon at the Chesapeake Conference Center. The Buck Harris Award was established to honor the memory of Buck Harris, a former executive director of the Virginia Tidewater Girl Scout Council to recognize a Girl Scout who shares Buck’s love of the outdoors, has developed strong values and serves the community. Alauna was nominated for the award by her fellow members of Troop 475.

Alauna, who is a ninth grader at Frank W. Cox High School, has been a Girl Scout for nine years and has earned numerous badges and awards as a Girl Scout, including the Girl Scout Bronze and Silver Awards, two of the highest awards a girl can earn in Girl Scouts. To earn her Silver Award, Alauna created a garden at the Judeo Christian Outreach Center (JCOC) to grow produce to feed local people in need. Alauna taught the residents at the JCOC how to care for the plants and harvest the food so that they can continue to consume fresh vegetables season after season. Alauna has also shared her passion and talent for gardening by setting up a display at a local farmer’s market and distributing recipes that use fresh ingredients, as well as samples of her homemade pepper jelly.

Alauna is currently working with a troop of younger Girl Scouts to plan their annual camping trip, and she is creating a scavenger hunt for all Girl Scouts to use at Camp Darden, a Girl Scout property near Franklin, Va. Alauna has also taken on numerous leadership roles in her own troop, planning holiday performances for nursing home residents and leading a night hike on a camping trip. She has also served food to the homeless packed boxes to donate to Operation Christmas Child, collected DVDs for veterans and volunteered at Club Sandwich, an afterschool program for at-risk youth. As a Girl Scout, Alauna has become a role model for her peers and has shown her dedication to making the world a better place through the time and talents that she shares to help people in her community. ​