Shining Bright: Girl Scout Troop #3073 Empowers Young Women with Silver Awards

The Greensburg Girl Scout Troop #3073 held their Silver Award Ceremony at Greensburg City Park on May 9, 2024. This award is the second highest in Girl Scouting, preceded only by the Gold Award for Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors. By earning this award, the young ladies have shown they are true leaders, committed to the Girl Scout Law and Promise. Carrie Walden and Michelle Ostendorf proudly lead Troop #3073.

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The six young ladies who received their Silver Awards are:

Marina Davis

Lilly Ramey

Allie Schroeder

Addisten Smith

Mickinzi Hollin

Kiersten Bladow

The project the girls chose to work on for their project was overcrowding and a shed that had begun to see severe deterioration at the Greensburg & Decatur County Animal Shelter. Throughout the project, the young ladies set up booths at the Farmer’s Market, The Branch, and the Trunk or Treat event at the shelter. 

The young ladies prepared supply lists that they would need to complete replacing a wall of the shed, roof of the shed, and repainting the entire shed The girls raised funds to complete the project with no cost to the animal shelter. They presented to local organizations to receive funding. The troop together created and sold bracelets to raise funds. Each young lady was required to devote a minimum of 50 hours to complete the project. The girls not only prepared the items needed to complete the project but worked together to complete the project doing various construction tasks such as roofing, nailing, painting, troubleshooting, and inspecting additional damage. 

Carrie Walden, Troop Leader said, “Girl Scouts are amazing!! These six young women have grown in stature, maturity, and character over the past year, and tonight we celebrated their Silver Award achievement!! This well-deserved accomplishment teamed Troop 3073 with the Greensburg Decatur County Animal Shelter for community education, an adoption fair, and a rebuilt storage shed! Congratulations ladies! Continue to be amazing and achieve great things for yourselves and your community!!”

Another part of the project was that the young ladies worked to host an adoption event to aid in the overcrowding at the shelter. During the Adoption Fair, 9 animals were adopted. Also, during their time at the shelter, each girl had a part in ensuring that they helped educate the community about spaying and neutering animals to reduce overpopulation. The Girl Scouts came into the WTRE studio to create an ad and to speak about their adoption fair.

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Minde Myers, Shelter Director stated, “During the time that I had the opportunity to spend with the Girl Scout Troop #3073 I have had the opportunity to see them grow and mature. The shelter relies upon volunteers to ensure that everything gets accomplished. This group of ladies was amazing and were ready to help and do whatever they could to assist. The shed looks amazing and I will add that I was a bit sad to see the project completed because that meant I would not have the opportunity to see them as much.”

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