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By: Local Submitted article 5/26/2011

Girl Scouts received Girl Scout Silver Awards recently at Belk Auditorium at Presbyterian College. The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award that a Girl Scout cadette in grades sixth through eighth can earn. The requirements for this award include girls learning about themselves and careers, as well as learning about Girl Scout history and new skills. Each girl then plans and carries out a large service project as the culmination of the award.

This group included three girls from Aiken and seven girls from North Augusta.

Katelyn Boone, Maggie Davis and Sara Tyrelle from group 2775 in North Augusta coordinated the first Girl Scout Cookie Rally for North Augusta. They arranged the location, made flyers, decorated the facility and presented all the information to the troop leaders.

They each developed a class to teach with handouts and props. Following the event, they reviewed critiques to make next year even better. Myran Tyrell is the troop leader

Olivia Bernard, Courtnie Coon, Madison South and Ashley Milton from North Augusta troop 5083 organized the "Shhh! Girls Only!" Girl Scout recruitment fair for girls in grades K5 through third. They invited girls from seven schools in Edgefield and Aiken counties to the fair, which was held at Merriwether Middle School last November. Fair attendees played carnival games, participated in a Girl Scout theater, sang Girl Scout songs at a simulated camp and made GORP trail-mix.

In addition, Jasmine Milton earned her Girl Scout Bronze Award - the highest award that a Junior Girl Scout in grades fourth through fifth can earn - by organizing a parking plan, making directory signs and holding a door prize drawing.

According to Troop Leader Arlene Bernard, the recruitment was a success. Many new troops were formed and many girls joined Girl Scouts.

Haley Collins and Olivia Forrest from troop 5140 in Aiken designed and organized a birthday party for Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low in October. They taught their troop-mates to lead individual activities that taught Girl Scout Daisies and Girl Scout Brownies about the life and times of Juliette Gordon Low, Girl Scouts and games. In addition to making flyers, registration forms, props, directions for games and activity signs, the girls also made their own period-specific costumes. Katie Miller is the troop leader.

Tori Peacock from troop 5140 in Aiken worked with Molly's Militia to prepare homeless animals for adoption. She cared for a number of dogs and gave them basic obedience training. This allowed the animals to have a short-term home and allowed them to be highly adoptable so they could more easily find permanent homes. In addition to housing and training a set of dogs, Tori continued to help care for the animals living in the shelter. Katie Miller is the troop leader.

Katelynn Johnson, who was unable to attend the ceremony, also earned her Silver Award this year. She is a member of troop 5140 in Aiken. She planned the Cookie Rally for the Girl Scouts in Aiken. From planning events and games to training leaders and fellow troop members to run sessions to making flyers and decorating - she and her partner did it all. Katie Miller is the troop leader.




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