Bel Air Girl Scout troop earns highest honor

December 30, 2007

The members of Junior Girl Scout Troop 857 from Bel Air have earned the Bronze Award, the highest honor at that level of scouting.

The award recognizes that a Junior Girl Scout has gained the leadership and planning skills required to follow through with a project that makes a positive difference in her community, and that she has made a promise to help others, improve her community and world, and become the best she can be.

To earn the award, the girls of Troop 857 adopted a family in need through the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd Christmas Basket Program. The girls conducted a nonperishable foods drive, a new toy drive, and shopped, purchased and wrapped Christmas gifts, made Christmas cards, and delivered the items to the family.

They collected enough non-perishable foods to support the family for at least a week and to also share with other families in the program. They delivered fresh foods and a ham for the family's Christmas dinner.

The girls collected and purchased toys and gifts for other families in need, as well as their adopted family, sponsored by the Christmas Basket Program.

In addition to the service project, the girls earned related badges and awards and conducted projects to beautify the community.

Awards went to: Caitlin DeVinney, Taylor Beard, Katie Aitken, Shanda Kersey, Selena Snyder and Trinity Sprague, who received Bronze Award pins, pendants and patches. The troop is led by Janet DeVinney and Susan Aitken.

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