Leaders and troops honored at Girl Scouts meeting

Each year, Girl Scouts troops and service units are recognized for the programming they provide for the troops in an area.
Girls join a troop and a service unit is made up of the troops in an area. The Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina Council recognizes Best Practices in Community Action, Educational Adventures, Special Celebrations and Girl Scout Spirit.
Darlington/Lamar has two troops. Each troop and the Darlington/Lamar service unit each received recognitions for their programming.
Troop 423 received two first-lace certificates. They received first-place Special Celebration for their Founder’s Day Vision Board party. This event served as a recruitment/retention event that celebrated that Juliette Gordon Low started with a vision that is still impacting our society more than 100 years later.
This event encouraged girls to each put a visual representation of their vision on a vision board so that they can be visionaries of the future.
Troop 423 also received first place in Community Action for their Love My Heart event. In light of the prevalence of heart disease in the South, girls researched ways to reduce heart disease in women.
They invited the public to attend an event where they provided presentations on how to make healthy decisions at the grocery store, a smoothie demonstration, ingredients for a healthy salad, performing hands-only CPR, exercise, knowing your numbers and concluded with a healthy reception.
Troop 88 also received two certificates. They won second place for Girl Scout Spirit for their Bridging/Court of Awards/Rededication ceremony held on Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday.
This program reinforces the ideas and values of Girl Scouts. It encourages closeness between the girls and instills pride in being a scout.
The ceremony included an invocation by the pastor, flag ceremony, investiture of new girls and rededication service. The girls recited the promise and the law. Famous women who were former Girl Scouts were highlighted and older girls reviewed the meaning of G.I.R.L – Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader.
They won third-place Community Action for their community garden. This event allowed the scouts to learn about where our food comes from, to learn how to plant and maintain a garden and then the program allowed that same opportunity to be given to children in our community.
This was a joint effort between the Darlington Public Library, the Darlington Garden Club and Girl Scout Troop 88. All three groups worked together to create a community garden just outside the children’s wing of the library. This community project was ongoing for the troop from March until June. Girls prepped the area for gardening and helped plant and water fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers.
The service unit is responsible for providing events for all the girls in an area. This gives leaders from multiple troops an opportunity to work together. The Darlington/Lamar service unit received a second-place certificate for its Girl Scout Sunday celebration.
This event provided an opportunity for girls to worship God, fellowship with their Girl Scout sisters, show leadership, hone their public speaking skills, and highlight inspirational women. The service unit also received an honorable mention Educational Adventures for its Introduce a Girl to Engineering.
During this event, girls gained courage, confidence and character while participating in an aerospace engineering experience which utilized the 4Cs of 21st century learning – communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity.
Brittany Kridle was recognized as Rookie of the Year.
Sandra White received her 10-year membership pin and five-year Volunteer pin.
Aurelia Burgess received her 25-year pin and her 15-year volunteer pin.
In a separate ceremony to be held in August, Lillian Brunson will be recognized as one of five Mary Dean Brewer Women of Distinction.

Author: Rachel Howell

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