Vermillion Girl Scouts earn Silver Award Four members of Vermillion Girl Scout Troop 119 were presented with the Cadette Girl Scout Silver Award at a celebration held at the Silver Dollar Restaurant on Tuesday, July 12.
Rebecca Girlinghouse, Emily Holoch, Jennifer Noiva and Cassandra Schaffer hosted Brownie Day Camp and Junior Overnight Camp as their Cadette Silver Award Project on June 30 and July 1. This was the final step toward earning the Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest given to a Cadette Girl Scout. It represents a girl�s accomplishments in Girl Scouting and her community as she grows and works to improve her life and the lives of others.
The Cadettes planned and organized two Girl Scout Summer Camps. Vermillion scouts entering first, second and third grades were invited to Brownie Day Camp on June 30. The morning was spent visiting historical buildings on Main Street in Vermillion where the Cadettes provided stories about each site.
The Brownies met at the Clay County Courthouse and then headed over to the Austin-Whittemore House. Cleo Erickson shared stories about Vermillion history, followed by a tour and a tea party on the lawn.
Next the girls walked to the following other National Register Historic Sites: First National Bank building of Vermillion, Andrew Carnegie Public Library building, FIrst Baptist Church and the Inman (USD president�s) House.
The Brownies spent the afternoon at the Prentis Park Picnic Pavilion after a break at St. Paul�s Episcopal Church. Activities led by the Cadette troop to earn the Brownie Try-It �Earth is Our Home� included a recycling project, cooking with a solar bowl, making a terrarium and making natural cleaning products. The Girl Scouts also played games from the past and games from other countries to complete the requirements for two more Brownie Try-Its, �Listening to the Past� and �Playing Around the World.�
Girl Scouts who attended the Brownie Day Camp include Jessica Brady, Taylor Davis, Jade Fostvedt, Natalie Hertz, Makenna Koble, Maggie Peterson, Kayla Stammer, Libby Sykes, Celena Wagner, Abigail Weiss, Marilyn Wingo and Kiley Wood. Each of the Brownies received a yellow Vermillion Girl Scout Summer Camp �05 T-shirt printed at the Walking Billboard.
Members of Vermillion troops entering the fourth, fifth and sixth grades were invited to Junior Overnight Camp held at the W.H. Over Museum on June 30 to July 1. The Juniors participated in a variety of activities required to earn two Junior Girl Scout badges, �Yarn and Fabric Arts� and �Sky Search.�
For the first badge the Cadettes taught the Scouts about tying knots, and how to craft macrame bracelets and make tie-dye T-shirts with the assistance of Connie Holoch. Dorothy Neuhaus, director of the W.H. Over Museum, showed the Juniors examples of fabric arts from the museum exhibits and explained the techniques to create them.
The Cadettes provided handouts for the second badge to teach the Juniors about the planets and constellations, and shared information about current NASA missions in space, and stories from ancient cultures. Tina Keller, chairperson of USD Earth Science/Physics, gave instructions on how to use a star map that adjusts to the time and season while the girls were observing stars. Mike Girlinghouse and his wife, Terrie, set up his �gigantic� telescope so the scouts could look at Jupiter and Venus.
The Coyote Twin/Vermillion Theatres supplied popcorn to snack on while the Girl Scouts watched videos before falling asleep. Dr. Cynthia Johnson, optometrist from Eyecare Eyewear, shared her career experiences in an interview with the Cadettes during breakfast.
Girl Scouts who attended the Junior Overnight Camp included Cassie Donahoe, Tarryn Dooley, Mariah Dodson, Anjie Ge, Jennifer Hauger, Allison Howe, Rachel Jensen, Callan Martin, Cassandra Martin, Dana Nelson, Callissa Schaffer, Jessica Sibson, Sharrie Stammer, Raleigh Sykes, Tessa Tigert, Hannah Voudry and Cassie Waage. Carolyn Jensen (leader), Janeese Martin (mom), and Nikki Stammer (leader) assisted at the Junior Overnight Camp.
Cadette Troop 119 thanks all of the adult volunteers without whom our Summer Camp programs could not have been successful! An additional thanks to Connie Holoch for serving as our Girl Scout Silver Award Project Advisor. She assisted at both the Brownie Day Camp and the Junior Overnight Camp and helped the Cadettes coordinate all of the preparations for the various camp activities, along with Nancy Noiva, leader of Cadette Troop 119.
The first four requirements of the Girl Scout Silver Award help girls build skills, explore careers, gain leadership skills, and make a commitment to self-improvement. To complete these steps the Cadettes each earned three Interest Project Patches, completed five career activities, earned the Cadette Leadership Award and finished the Cadette Girl Scout Challenge.
The Cadette Girl Scout Challenge � to be the best possible person you can be � involves knowing yourself, relating to others, developing values, contributing to your community, and knowing about Girl Scouting. These awards were achieved by participating in Cadette Girl Scout activities during the seventh and eighth grades.
Vermillion Troop 119 had a wonderful experience working with the Brownies and Juniors at Girl Scout Summer Camp.
The Cadettes who will be entering high school this fall are committed to help plan and organize future Girl Scout events for the members in our neighborhood and perform other community service projects.