By Mia Arcieri, Cadette from Troop 20145
On Saturday November 7th, Cadette troop 20145 is one step closer to earning their Girl Scout Silver Award after they hosted a Brownie Badge Day. The troop helped more than 45 Brownies from York and Lancaster counties to earn two Legacy badges, the Bugs badge and the Fair Play badge. The Cadettes arrived at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in York at 7:00 a.m. to start setting up the fellowship hall for the event, which started at 9:30 a.m. The event kicked off with a flag ceremony conducted by the Cadettes.
Each individual Cadette was responsible for a step from either the Bugs badge or the Fair Play badge. Brownies were divided into groups of five, and rotated through the badge stations throughout the day. Some Fair Play activities included teaching the girls to play field hockey, and learning to keep score of a basketball toss game. During the Bugs activities, Brownies created a ladybug craft and studied insect specimens provided by York’s Nixon Park. The Brownies learned all about the subjects thoroughly and seemed very interested.
After a brown-bag lunch and an afternoon of rotations, the girls celebrated Juliette Low’s 155th birthday with cake and ice cream. The day wrapped up with a closing flag ceremony and good byes.
In addition, Brownies were asked to bring new socks for a sock drive for the York Rescue Mission. About 50 pairs of men’s, women’s and children’s socks were donated to the Mission, which serves York’s homeless.
Why did the troop choose to do a Brownie Badge Day for the Silver Award service project? This event met a need to connect younger Girl Scouts with older Girl Scouts. The local leaders wanted the opportunity for the older girls to work with the younger girls, and they also wanted another group to work with the Brownies on badge requirements. Judging from the tremendous response to Brownie Badge Day, which filled with a waiting list within two hours of the email invitation being sent, this is an event that met a need and could easily be offered again.
The troop will host a Silver Award Ceremony in May 2016. For see pictures from their Silver Award project, visit their Pinterest page by clicking here.