While Olympians went for the gold this summer, some local girls were pursuing the bronze and silver.
Girl Scouts from Troop 334 which meets at Rising Sun Seventh Day Adventist Church, were working on the Cadette scout second highest award, the Silver Award, with summer service projects. The primary project for the Silver Award was to provide furniture, toys and games for a children's area at North East United Methodist Church.
Scout Amanda Roney, 14, explained the scope of the project. The girls built a bookshelf and refurbished tables and chairs for North East United Methodist Church.
They used tools and Gorilla glue for building the bookshelves. The tables and chairs were yard sale finds spruced up with paint. One of the chairs look like a pig.
"We work really good as a team and we get stuff done faster," said Cheyenne Combs,14.
Troop leader Melissa Combs explained that the troop members didn't take the summer off from service. They had a meeting over the summer and also camped in Washington, D.C. in addition to completing the silver and bronze projects.
Doris Andersen a pre-school teacher at North East UMC accepted the donation. She was impressed with what the girls had done. "I was a Girl Scout and a Girl Scout leader. I welcome the initiative of young kids to do something for free for a good organization. I love to see girls involved in Girl Scouts," said Andersen.
Savannah Combs, 11, was earning the Bronze Award. Her project was creating care bags for foster children in Cecil. The bags contained blankets, stuffed animals, and toys which will be used by local children in the event of an emergency housing situation.
If all goes as planned, the scouts will collect their awards in January. There will be a formal recognition event. Service awards help scouts qualify for college scholarships. In addition, other scouts who participated in this project are Hanna Jones, Hannah Whalen, and Breanna Murray.