IN READINGTON Seven Scouts, Three Projects, One Award

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Seven Cadette Girl Scouts from Readington Troop 80026 recently marked a major milestone with the successful completion of their Girl Scout Silver Award Projects. The Silver Award is the highest award that can be earned by a Cadette Scout (6th-8th grade) and the second highest award in Girl Scouting overall. To earn a Silver Award, each scout must complete 50 hours of service working in groups up to four or individually, on a project that will improve their community with a sustainable effect. Achieving this award allows the girls to develop their leadership skills and show their dedication to improving their community.

Throughout the 2015-2016 school year, Troop 80026 worked diligently on three separate projects. The first group, made up of Emily Schneider and Sarah Woods, established a Girls Care Week. During this after-school program, professionals in the fields of hair, makeup, and skin volunteered to teach girls about looking good and feeling their best by offering them tips and techniques. This week-long event began with Start Fresh Monday where girls learned about fitness and nutrition through one of the

troop’s other Silver projects entitled, the “Girls Health Project”. Next was Treating Your Skin Tuesday at which Arbonne Representative, Raquel LaVecchia, taught the girls about proper skincare. Brochures were distributed on What Product Wednesday with information collected through a peer-based survey. Local hairstylist, Kimberly Bowlby from Artiste Salon volunteered her time on Treating Your Hair Thursday to instruct participants on daily haircare and styles. The week ended with Face Friday. L’Oreal Executive, Carolyn Moore, demonstrated makeup application techniques appropriate for teens.  Due to the success of the week the group anticipates repeating this program next year.

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A second project was planned and executed by a group of four including Elise Bouton, Cassie Diaz, Becca Woods and Emma Matza. Their “Girls Health Project” focused on informing girls about the benefits of eating healthy and staying active. The team members chose this project because they are passionate about making healthy decisions and they wanted to inspire other girls to do the same by using their slogan “If we stay strong, we can live long.” This group created and produced a video presentation with five skits that promote girls’ health. Along with the video, the girls developed interactive games; for example, a wheel to spin and answer questions and a jeopardy game with health-related questions. In addition, they designed an informative brochure on nutrition and exercise which was distributed. Their Silver Award Project was presented at several events, including an Annual Mother/Daughter Leader’s

Meeting, the “Girls Care Week,” and the Readington/Branchburg Spring Camporee. Approximately 100 girls ages 5-13 were introduced to this project.

The Troop’s third project was completed by Delaina Wallace. Delaina worked with the United Way Engagement Manager, Amy Anderson, Volunteer Program Assistant, Maria Alvarez and CEO, Bonnie Duncan to fulfill a need for a “Children’s Corner Library” at their Community Volunteer Center. With five donated wooden pallets from the Flemington Home Depot and three-gallons of donated custom paint from Sherwin Williams, Wallace, who hand-built and painted the bookshelf, had to carefully pull

apart each pallet, measure and cut the pieces of wood and nail it back together. “It was built from girl power,” she said. In addition, to the shelf, Delaina collected nearly 300 books to be offered at the Center.

With their Silver Award Projects completed, all the girls plan to continue on to earn the highest achievement in Girl Scouts, the Gold Award. However, to begin this, they must be freshmen in high school. In the meantime, the troop is planning to mentor a younger group of Scouts while waiting to be old enough to begin their next service project.

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