Helping young patients earns Girl Scout a gold SOUTHWEST -- Mount Airy * Woodbine * Taylorsville * Winfield

June 14, 1993|By Kathy Sutphin | Kathy Sutphin,Contributing Writer

Creating reusable activity booklets and a flannel board to brighten the days of pediatric patients at Baltimore's Kernan Hospital helped Laura Larrimore of Mount Airy shine as a top Girl Scout.

Laura, 16, recently earned Girl Scouting's prestigious Gold Award. Her family, friends and fellow members of Senior Troop 514 honored Laura for her many Scouting achievements during a Gold Award celebration yesterday at St. James Episcopal Church in Mount Airy.

Completing the community service project for Kernan Hospital in March was the last of several requirements Laura needed to earn Girl Scouting's top award. Laura said her grandmother, Rita Taylor, who is a volunteer and Women's Board member at the hospital, gave her the idea for the project, which she started last summer.

Laura said the 30-page laminated booklets were filled with coloring sheets, puzzles and word games "so kids would enjoy their stay at the hospital more."

The project, a joint effort by Laura and members of Troop 514, also incorporated flannel, sandpaper and tag board to create a large activity board with doctor and nurse figures and outfits.

The junior at South Carroll High School said the project was worth the effort. "The hospital wrote me a letter and said it was being used and thanked me for doing it," Laura said.

Her decision to go for the gold began several years ago, when Diane Gifford was the second Girl Scout from Troop 514 to earn the Gold Award. "I remember her standing up there and getting it, and I wanted to do that, too," Laura said.

Girl Scouting represents a long commitment to Laura, who became a Brownie in first grade. Laura said she will always remember the camping trips and helping at the Carroll County Farm Museum house tours and scarecrow-making projects.

"It's been a lot of fun, and I've made a lot of friends," Laura said. "I've learned a lot of leadership skills."

Laura is the daughter of Karen and Bob Larrimore of Mount Airy. Girl Scouting is a family affair for the Larrimores -- her mother has been a Scout leader for 12 years and currently serves as the leader of Troop 514.

A member of the National Honor Society, Laura said her favorite subject at South Carroll High School is math. She is also a member of South Carroll's Key Club and Spanish Club.

Laura said she is "college-bound" and will probably choose a major that involves children.

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