Another year of service and community advocacy was celebrated on Tuesday, June 4, at the TK Girl Scout Awards. The night was full of badges and flowers as the girls crossed the bridge and moved on to the next level of being a scout.
As per tradition, Girl Scout Ambassadors who are graduating, Leah Gillule and Victoria Shipman, led the ceremony. Each troop across all ages, from daisy to ambassador, was called onto the Tioga Central Middle School stage to share their accomplishments and to receive badges and recognition. Some girls who are moving to the next level in scouting made it official by bridging on stage.
Carol Barnes, Service Unit manager, reflected on the 2018-2019 year as a good one where troops developed good leaders and troops were able to serve the community.
“When you see it all together as a group, you realize how much really gets done when everybody is together,” Barnes said.
Two girl scouts going for their gold award were recognized on Tuesday; Veronica Ricketson for organizing the hometown heroes banners to be hung in Nichols, and Adeline Whitmore’s project of creating a memorial monument is still in progress – but on track to be completed come November.
Other Junior, Cadet, and Senior troops were recognized for their community service projects, which range from volunteering at organizations, organizing clean-ups, and more.
Younger troops, Daises and Brownies, shared some of the projects they have completed, whether it be Girl Scout Cookies sales, nature studies, or even learning about Scouting history. Daisy/Brownie Troop 61082, led by Erika Kalgren and Becky Kithcart, showed what their troop of young girls can do by telling the history of Girl Scouts in an interactive story.
“There’s no prescription of what a troop does in a given year. It’s up to the girls and the leaders on what they do. Some troops go all out on the cookies sales,” Barnes said. “Other troops don’t do that.”
Some troops, Barnes pointed out, are driven by badges and recognition; others tend to enjoy the camaraderie and scout activities.
Barnes was a Girl Scout in 1957, she said, and eventually was a scout leader to one of the leaders who congratulated her own troop on Tuesday — making some of troops three generations deep, passing on the Girl Scout Promise and helping the community grow.