2012-08-02 / Community

Calabasas Scouts earn gold awards for service

. From teaching English to directing theater, Girl Scouts learn valuable skills that will last


GIVING—Community service projects took these Girl Scouts to the far corners of the world as they earned their Gold Awards. From left, Avni Desai, Samantha Labrecque, Lydia Edwards, Tiffany Wu and Baily Higa GIVING—Community service projects took these Girl Scouts to the far corners of the world as they earned their Gold Awards. From left, Avni Desai, Samantha Labrecque, Lydia Edwards, Tiffany Wu and Baily Higa Ambassador Girl Scouts from Troop 5466 of Calabasas were recently awarded the highest honor in Girl Scouting, the Gold Award, a culmination of two-and-a-half years of requirements and more than 65 hours of community service each.

Avni Desai’s “ Spreading Knowlege” project took her to a village school in Devnagar, India, where she created individualized lesson plans and interactive learning tools to enrich the children’s learning experience. Avni taught a variety of subjects, including English, for two months.

Samantha Labrecque conducted a drama camp for the Guadalupe Catholic Charities Center where she cast and directed a production of the musical “Peter Pan” with the children of the center.

The project included rehears- als, singing, dance numbers, scripts, costumes and a final performance for more than 200 friends and family.

Lydia Edwards’ project was also for the Guadalupe Community Outreach Center. She emptied, cleaned, organized and inventoried the contents of three large outdoor sheds for the center.

She shredded confidential files, sorted hundreds of toys and other items, and also set up a computerized inventory system for the center to locate items in the future.

Tiffany Wu’s “Creativity for a Better Future” project promoted the arts. She created a multimedia art show that included performing arts, fine arts and poetry. Admission to the event, held at her high school, was a donation of clothing or food. Tiffany delivered a van full of the items to a local homeless shelter.

For Bailey Higa’s project, “ Scarves for Camp Kindle,” more than 500 scarves were sewn for camps in California and Nebraska at sewing classes that Bailey conducted. She created a promotional flyer to bring awareness of the volunteer opportunities available within the organization and distributed the flyer to Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles.

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