Published On: Thu, Nov 7th, 2019

Boca Raton Residents Earn Girl Scout Silver Award

Cadette Girl Scouts from Troop 20912 posing with their Silver Award pins at the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida 2019 Silver Award Showcase.

Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida held their first Silver Award Showcase honoring the 2019 class of Silver Award Girl Scouts on October 13, 2019. Among the 137 Girl Scouts who earned their Silver Award this year, 40 of them are Palm Beach County residents who worked as individuals or as a small group to complete 17 different projects benefiting their communities. In Boca Raton, ten outstanding Girl Scouts completed three Silver Award projects benefitting the city.

From Troop 20603, Abigail C., Margarita L., Sandra L., and Malina P. created their project “Helping Educators Help Others” in order to aid staff at J.C. Mitchell Elementary in Boca. This group of Girl Scouts worked together to create independent work tasks for children with autism to help them with their developmental skills. About 50 kids per school year will benefit from their hard work and the staff can utilize their donation as they see fit.

Marlowe Hyman from Troop 20810 created her project “Project Imagination” so she could bring art to the afterschool program at Coral Sunset Elementary in Boca. Marlowe gathered materials and created lesson plans for her students with the hopes that they would learn to appreciate art and continue to pursue it as they move forward in life. Every Thursday and Friday during the spring Marlowe volunteered at the afterschool program, not only helping her students but inspiring others to volunteer their time as well.

After learning that 8 to 12 million cats and dogs are killed each year because they do not have homes, Corrine H., Ella H., Megan K., Olivia L., and Sarah V. of Troop 20912 created their project “Breaking the Cycle of Pet Overpopulation” to battle the issue on their home turf. These five Girl Scouts worked together to host special training events focused on pet adoption at the Petco in Boca Raton, in Boynton Beach, at the Justin Bartlett Animal Rescue in Royal Palm Beach and at the Burger FI in Boca Raton. They addressed the issue of pet overpopulation by educating others about the benefits of adoption and distributing fliers about the issue. Over 44 families were served by their project and 25 dogs and 19 cats were adopted due to their efforts!

The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award that can be earned by Girl Scout Cadettes in grades 6-8. It is accomplished by an individual or small group of girls who design and complete a project with a minimum of 50 logged hours. In order to earn the award, Cadettes must flex their leadership muscles by doing research and taking action on issues of their choice, all while creating positive change. Their project must fulfill a need in the community, create change, and be sustainable with long-term possibilities.

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