2012-05-24 / Community
Girl Scouts go for the gold
The Gold Award involves a project that fulfills a need within the community and teaches the girls organizational, leadership and networking skills.
The girls all attend Calabasas High School. As Girl Scouts they have been involved in the community from an early age.
Ashley and Erin have been Girl Scouts for 12 years. Niamh has been a Scout for five years and Natalie for nine years. They each have one more year of Scouts before they graduate from high school.
Ashley’s project, “Supplies for Success,” was a workshop to teach students about the educational needs of homeless children. The Scout collected thousands of school supplies for School on Wheels.
Erin collected more than 2,000 new books for the students of a Title One school in Arizona with her “Lifetime Love of Literacy” project. She also taught the community about the importance of reading.
Natalie constructed a training course for wild mustangs for Return to Freedom, a horse rehabilitation facility in Lompoc.
Niamh ran a family fun day and gave free professional portraits to the clients of Many Mansions in Thousand Oaks with her project, “A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words.”
During their years as Scouts, the girls have conducted flag ceremonies for the City of Calabasas and the Juan Baptista DeAnza Historical celebrations. They have donated handmade blankets to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Los Robles Hospital.
As Junior Scouts, the girls collected food, toys, blankets and towels for the Agoura Hills Animal Shelter. They worked a booth at the Calabasas Earth Day celebration, teaching the community about ways to reduce waste and live healthier lives.
They have participated in the Calabasas Creek Clean-up and tree planting at local parks. They have collected food for local food banks every year of Scouting.
Each Memorial Day at the Los Angeles National Cemetery, the Scouts place flags to honor the soldiers who died in action, and participate in the Memorial Day Flag ceremony.
They have helped out at science fairs and registration events at the Las Virgenes schools. The Scouts recently participated in the Calabasas Relay for Life.