Vermillion Girl Scouts earn Bronze Award

Vermillion Girl Scouts earn Bronze Award Five members of Vermillion Girl Scout Troop 119 were presented with the Junior Girl Scout Bronze Award at a celebration held at the Silver Dollar Restaurant on Saturday, Oct. 25.

The Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest award a Junior Girl Scout can earn. It represents a promise to help others, improve your community and world, and become the best you can be by understanding and following the Girl Scout Promise and Law.

Rebecca Girlinghouse, Emily Holoch, Tabitha Irwin, Jennifer Noiva and Cassandra Schaffer earned their awards this summer by working on historical preservation projects at the W.H. Over Museum. Each scout completed at least 15 hours of community service by volunteering at the museum and earned two Junior Girl Scout badges (Local Lore and My Community) related to the Bronze Award Project.

The volunteers helped replace the old paper drawer liners which protect the artifacts in the museum collection storage area with new acid-free paper. The girls also updated the museum inventory by listing each numbered item on an inventory sheet, along with a description and storage location.

Museum director Dorothy Neuhaus provided the training required to perform their assigned duties and Troop 119 leader Nancy Noiva supervised the work. Other volunteer activities included pulling weeds in the South Dakota Heritage Garden and running the fish pond booth sponsored by the W.H. Over Museum at Vermillion's Fourth of July celebration.

Another step in the award process was to earn the Junior Aide Award. The juniors invited Brownie Troop 179 to a sleep-over at the W. H. Over Museum on Aug. 2-3 which they planned and organized. Activities led by the junior troop included a cookout, games, songs, a tour of the storage area and a scavenger hunt.

The Brownies learned about Vermillion history by listening to stories, watching a slide show and looking at old maps. The Girl Scouts also performed skits about historical news events that happened in Clay County. As a craft project, each Brownie made a bead bracelet using the lazy stitch method.

The Brownies completed some of the requirements for earning the Bridge to Junior Girl Scouts Award at the sleep-over. These requirements are important as the Brownies of Troop 179 plan to become Junior Girl Scouts at the end of third grade this year.

Troop 179 members who attended the sleep-over include Meghan Cameron, Mikaela French, Blair Gilkyson, Ellen Hanson, Sara Marker, Megan Olson, Paige Olson, Rory Tucker and Troop 179 leader Pam Hanson.

To fulfill additional requirements for the Girl Scout Bronze Award the members of Troop 119 earned the Junior Leadership Award, and the four Girl Scout Signs (Star, Rainbow, Sun, World) which are based on the four program goals of Girl Scouting. The Sign of the Star is about becoming your best. The Sign of the Rainbow is about building relationships. The Sign of the Sun is about values. The Sign of the World is about making your world a better place.

The Junior Leadership Award involves developing leadership skills while providing service to your Girl Scout troop/group and the community. These awards were achieved by completing badge work and participating in Junior Girl Scout activities during the fourth, fifth and sixth grades.

The Vermillion Girl Scouts greatly enjoyed volunteering at the museum. It was interesting to learn about the many artifacts kept in cabinet drawers in the museum storage area. The scouts who entered seventh grade this fall have made the transition to the Cadette Girl Scout level.

The new Cadettes hope to continue performing community service activities at the W.H. Over Museum and to plan more museum events with other Girl Scout troops in the near future.

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