Girl Scouts earn highest honors
By Avery Bjorklund, student writer; photos courtesy of Liz BjorklundFestively-dressed Girl Scouts helped make the holidays extra special for seniors at Legacy Village of Castle Pines by delivering homemade walker aprons and baked goods to 20 residents in the memory care unit.
Over the past year, Alex Jacot, Katie Cotton and Avery Bjorklund – all eighth grade students at Rocky Heights Middle School and Girl Scout cadettes in Troop 60059 have worked together to earn their Silver Award. They each logged more than 50 hours of planning, sewing, report writing, and video filming in order to earn this distinction.
The idea for their Silver Award project was sparked when Cotton’s grandmother needed to use a walker, but didn’t have a way to organize her belongings and stay safe. The cadettes dealt with many challenges while working on the project, including busy schedules, homework and a “simple” sewing pattern that wasn’t very simple at all.
The girls worked with Darcy Senador, Life Enrichment Director at Legacy Village to set up a fun holiday event to deliver the aprons. They also coordinated a donation of water bottles to include in the apron’s water bottle pocket from Castle Pines Orthodontics. Each resident received a gift bag with a walker apron, a water bottle and notes of love and inspiration.
According to girlscouts.org, the Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout cadette can achieve. The award gives girls the opportunity to be organized, determined leaders who are dedicated to improving their community. Girl Scout Silver Award earners are part of an exceptional group of girls who have used their knowledge and leadership skills to make a difference in the world.
This summer, the girls will bridge to the next Scouting level – Girl Scout Seniors. About 15 girls from the troop will travel to San Antonio, Texas in June to celebrate this occasion. The three girls all plan to earn their Gold Award, which is the Girl Scouts equivalent of Eagle Scout.