Seven of the 100 Girl Scouts who meet at Chestnut Level Presbyterian Church have earned awards for their community service.
Five girls, all in fourth and fifth grades, earned Bronze Awards. Two older girls earned Silver Awards.
"They first had to complete a journey award," troop leader Amy Rineer said. To earn that award, each girl has to explore a specific topic and work on that area of interest.
Then the girls had to come up with a community service project.
"They had to talk with the people involved, determine what the real need is, come up with a project, and get it approved," Rineer said. "To qualify, a project has to contribute to the community."
Younger girls working for Bronze Awards have to spend at least 20 hours on the project. Those trying to earn Silver Awards have to spend at least 25 hours.
Two projects made girls eligible for Silver Awards.
Heidi Craig worked with her church's children's worship program. She created a banner for Lent. Each week had a symbol. The first week's banner had 30 pieces of silver, each with velcro to be attached to the banner. Each week's panel had velcro backing to attach it to the banner. At the end of each lesson, children showed the congregation what they learned. She also helped lead children's worship during the six weeks of Lent.
Elizabeth Main helped reorganize the young adult section of the Quarryville Library. She also set up weekly displays promoting the game of the week for teens and tweens. Main also helped start a section of the library's website called Book Reviews by Quarryville Tweens and Teens. She also created a brochure listing popular books for teen readers.
The two girls are members of Troop 71266.
Four projects made girls eligible for Silver Awards.
Ave Martin and Victoria Dunlap worked to help teach boys and girls teamwork and leadership skills while playing sports. To do that, they created a brochure to help kids, coaches, and teachers with those skills. They also taught the skills to children playing soccer and softball.
Ashley Mosteller worked with Aaron's Acres to supply materials for art programs. She received permission to send information home to parents of students in her school and collect donations. She also made a beanbag game for campers to use.
Lucy Costigan helped V.F.W. Post 3575 with their chicken barbecue fundraiser. She also helped create job descriptions for future volunteers and recorded the barbecue recipe. She helped raise $4,500 the V.F.W. contributes to the Wounded Warrior project and scholarships.
Anna Rineer built a buddy bench for Clermont Elementary School. She enlisted help from her father and grandfather to build the bench and painted it in Solanco colors. The school counselor will be using the bench in the classroom.
The five girls are members of Troop 70224.
The awards are the most of their kind earned by troop members in recent years.
"We had one last year, and it was the first in several years," Rineer said.
Two troop members are now working on Gold Awards, the Girl Scout equivalent of Eagle Scout rank.
The troop is more than 40 years old. It first met in Drumore Elementary School. Several years later, it moved to the former Chestnut Level Presbyterian Church House. It now meets in the church's Family Life Center.
The members gather at the center, 1068 Chestnut Level Rd., from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays during the school year.
Although the troops do not meet during the summer, members do participate in special activities, Rineer said.