By: Girl Scout Troop 500
Girl Scout Troop 500 has worked hard this past year on earning their Bronze Award. The Bronze Award is the highest award you can achieve while being a Junior Girl Scout.
First, we had to earn our Amuse Journey Award. There are three different steps to this award: Reach Out, Speak Out, and Try Out. For Reach Out, we had to interview women role models. We choose four women that we admire. These four women were Peggy Jackson, a grandmother, Terri McKnight, a teacher, Emily Mechtenberg, a school nurse, and Susan St Amand, who worked in the school cafeteria . For the second part of the award, Speak Out, we learned about stereotypes. We created a play about how some boys think they are better at sports than girls; but through effort and lots of practice, we can all do out best. We performed our play in front of the 5/6th graders of Seward Elementary School. For the Try Out part, we had to wear something that we would not normally wear. Also for Try Out we had to throw a party to tell people about what we did to earn our Journey Award. We invited younger and older Girl Scouts to come and hear our story. By doing this we had officially earned our Amuse Journey Award.
By achieving the Journey Award, we had finished the first step to earning our Bronze award. The second step was to build a team. We used our Girl Scout Troop. Next we had to explore the community to find out what we could make a difference in it. Lots of girls wanted to help animals and the ocean. The project we choose was to tell people about marine debris and how it hurts the animals. Then we had to make a plan. We decided to talk to people from the Alaska SeaLife Center, including Tim Lebling, Kira Hanson, and Howard Ferren. They mentioned something about World Oceans Day, and we thought it would be a perfect time to share what we had learned. We split into four groups. One group wrote a skit with people acting out wind, rivers, oceans, and sea otters to demonstrate how trash can end up in the ocean and hurt sea animals. Other groups made posters and games, explaining how long it will take for trash to decompose and how marine debris effects marine animals. One girl in our troop made a short video presentation to show at our table on World Oceans Day. At Ocean’s Day, we sold Wrap-n-Mats (reusable sandwich wraps) and handed out reusable shopping bags after we performed our skit. We think we made a difference in the world by telling our community about marine debris and what it does to our earth.
This project relates to our Girl Scout Law because we made the world a better place, we used our resources wisely, and we were responsible for what we said and did.
Troop 500’s girls are now Cadette Girl Scouts. Some of us decided to start working toward our Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest award we can earn as Cadettes.