Girl Scouts earn Cadette Leadership, Program Aide Awards

Girl Scouts earn Cadette Leadership, Program Aide Awards Five members of Vermillion Girl Scout Troop 119 have earned the Cadette Girl Scout Leadership Award which requires you to participate in experiences that strengthen leadership skills for at least 25 hours.

Rebecca Girlinghouse, Emily Holoch, Shannon Jepsen, Jennifer Noiva and Cassandra Schaffer organized several Girl Scout events with various troops to fulfill the requirements for the Cadette Leadership Award.

In addition, four members will receive their Cadette Girl Scout Program Aide Patch after having completed training and providing 25 hours of service. Being a program aide gives Cadettes an opportunity to share their expertise and knowledge of Girl Scouting by working directly with younger girls under supervision of an adult volunteer or staff member. Activities were planned during the fall, winter and spring as steps leading toward completion of the Cadette Girl Scout Silver Award.

On Make a Difference Day, Oct. 23, 2004, the Cadettes hosted the Juliette Low Birthday Bash. This was a party for Vermillion Neighborhood Girl Scouts and their families to celebrate the birthday of Juliette Gordon Low, who established Girl Scouting in the United States in 1912.

Next, Troop 119 acted as mentors for "Rock in Prevention," an interactive musical drug prevention program at the Sioux City Convention Center on Nov. 13, 2004. Brownie Troop 310, third graders from Vermillion whose leader is Carolyn Jensen, attended this event , sponsored by the Sioux Trails Girl Scout Council.

The Cadettes then volunteered to be in charge of children's activities to include making ornaments and decorating cookies in the Discovery Room at the W.H. Over Museum Festival of Trees on Dec. 5, 2004. All the Vermillion troops made decorations for the Girl Scout Christmas tree. Members of Troop 119 also served as helpers at Happy Holidays at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion on Dec. 11, 2004. The Sioux Trails Girl Scout Council organized this event as a fun way for Girl Scouts to share the holidays with other troops by making a variety of craft items, singing, playing games and decorating cookies.

On Feb. 26, the eighth-grade Cadette troop attended the first-grade Brownie troop meeting at the Vermillion Public Library. Denisha Kickland, leader of Troop 233, invited the older girls to do a presentation about Girl Scouts and teach the Brownies about cookie sales.

For the next event Junior Girl Scout Troop 179 joined with the Cadettes for Troop Camper Weekend at Joy Hollow on April 1-3, where they learned camping skills. One important concept taught was practicing minimal impact which involves protecting the environment while building a fire and cooking outdoors. Activities included hiking, games, singing around the campfire and of course, making S'mores. Joy Hollow is the Girl Scout Camp owned and operated by the Sioux Trails Girl Scout Council.

Troop 179 members who attended the Troop Camper Weekend include Danielle Ahlgrim, Shelby Christopherson, Blair Gilkyson, Morgan Hower, Allison Howe, Paige Olson, Megan Olson, Sharrie Stammer and Cassie Waage. Leaders for Troop 179 include Nikki Stammer, Elizabeth Harder and Christy DeLancey.

On April 25, Cadette Troop 119 had the honor of performing the flag ceremony at the Sioux Trails Girl Scout Council annual meeting at the Marina Inn in South Sioux City, NE.

The eighth graders have greatly enjoyed sharing their Girl Scout experiences with other troops and hope to continue working with the younger girls in the future. Another joint camping trip to Joy Hollow with Junior Troop 439, fifth graders from Vermillion whose leader is Jill Austin, is already scheduled in May.

The Cadettes are currently developing a Girl Scout Silver Award Project which they plan to complete during the summer as the final step towards earning the Cadette Girl Scout Silver Award. Nancy Noiva is the leader for Troop 119 with the assistance of Terrie Girlinghouse and Connie Holoch.

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