During the 2012-13 school year, Girl Scout Cadette Troop 4005 earned their Silver Awards by fundraising $2,750 to donate to the Red Cross for their work in Haiti.
The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award for girls 11-14, and paves the way for earning the Gold Award. Girl Scout Silver and Gold awards represent a girl’s accomplishments in both Girl Scouting and in her community as she grows and works to improve her life and the lives of others. The award projects require the completion of many goals and challenge the girls to make a difference in their world.
Cadette Troop 4005 includes Clare Boily, Isabella Bugayong, Selma Houck, Teonna Beaird, Summer Putman, Anna Rivest, Andyn Mulgrew-Truitt, Zoe Novoa and Erin Wallace. All were middle school students at Floyd Dryden, Dzantiki’i Heeni and the Juneau Community Charter School.
Troop 4005 identified housing, health and basic needs as their priority after coming to understand what it might be like to live without access to these things. The troop considered several areas of the world before choosing Haiti as the troop’s interest. The scouts learned that this nearby neighbor of the US suffers the distinction of being the most impoverished country of the Northern and Western hemispheres. The troop researched the country by using the internet and interviewing someone who had recently visited the country.
After the idea was formed in September 2012, much of the troop’s year was spent earning money to reach their goal. It was a good learning experience for the girls to understand what is involved in such a major fundraising undertaking: the troop picked up trash, performed babysitting duties, made and sold crafts and baked goods at a holiday craft fair, held a movie night and sold Girl Scout cookies, nuts and candy.
After researching several worthy organizations, the troop decided to donate all of the money they earned to the Red Cross because of their well-established record of helping people in need, both here in Juneau and throughout the world.
Girl Scout Troop 4005 thanks the citizens of Juneau for their support during their journey to the Silver Award. Troop 4005 took on the challenge and made a difference in our world. They hope their efforts will help Haitians continue to recover from both natural and economic devastation.