Girl Scouts earn presidential recognition for volunteer work
By Sarah Einselen
Cheerily hopping across a small decorative footbridge, eight Girl Scouts earned their next rank and were recognized in a traditional Girl Scout bridging ceremony on Oct. 26.
Seven fifth– and sixth-graders bridged from Junior Girl Scouts to Cadette Girl Scouts under the leadership of co-leaders Jessica Moss, Linda Campbell and Mary K. Satterthwaite, and second-grader Kennedy Pine bridged into her rank as Brownie Girl Scout after being a Daisy. The girls will keep their new status, and their new vests, for the next two to three years.
The seven new Cadettes were surprised to learn they’d received presidential recognition for their volunteerism, too. Sarah Campbell, Sadie Moss, Sydney VanMeter, Alyssa Pine, Leira Satterthwaite, Ciera Pfeifer and Brianna Church received the Presidential Bronze Volunteer Service Award, consisting of a certificate and pin. “The girls had to each participate [in service projects] and earn over 50 hours,” said co-leader and parent Jessica Moss.
In return, the girls surprised their troop leaders with their own Presidential Bronze Awards, for Moss and Campbell, and the President’s Call to Service award for Satterthwaite for over 4,000 hours of service over her lifetime.
Girl scouts Sarah Campbell, Sadie Moss and Leira Satterthwaite also received the Girl Scout Bronze Award for putting at least 15 hours into a single service project. Sarah volunteered for the Humane Society of Crawford County, and Sadie and Leira babysat the children of Boy Scouts mothers while they helped at the BSA camps.
Most of the girls participated in other service projects to observe the 21st annual “Make a Difference Day” on Oct. 22 sponsored by USATODAY Magazine and the Points of Light foundation. Sarah collected supplies for members of the armed forces; Sydney gathered and decorated pumpkins to donate to nursing home residents; Alyssa donated used items to Goodwill; Leira donated her old clothing and toys to Echo Trends; and Ciera donated food and beauty supplies to the armed forces, as well, through the Colonel Crawford school drive.
For more information about Girl Scout troop 1537, call co-leader Jessica Moss at (419) 569‑9744.