Katie Schultz, Laura Chapman and Amanda Smith receive awards at Nov. 27 gathering
by: Submitted photo Local girls receiving Silver Awards for work in Girls Scouts were (from left) Amanda Smith, Katie Shultz and Laura Chapman.

Girl Scout Troop 40124 held a celebration Nov. 27 to honor three girls who have earned their Silver Awards.

In order to earn the award, each girl had to spend 40 hours on a project of her design to help the Girl Scout or wider community. In addition, each girl was required to do a series of prerequisites designed to help them find a project that they believed strongly in.

Katie Schultz organized and oversaw a craft station for younger girls at the spring campout for Girl Scouts from Tigard, Tualatin and Sherwood. She designed all the crafts, budgeted for and purchased supplies, taught the crafts to the girls and recruited assistance from other, older girls to teach with her.

Laura Chapman organized an education day for younger girls so they could learn about the environment and earn a badge. The girls planted flowers, created car signs to remind their families to use reusable grocery bags and learned about 'Leave No Trace' wilderness usage. The supplies for the crafts were donated by the girls and their troops so that new materials were not used.

Amanda Smith collected donations to make 'car care packages' for the homeless. Each package contained food and a hat or scarf. The packages can be carried in the car so if a family sees a hungry person or family, they have something to give them. She shared her project with high school students at a church in Beaverton, and they assembled more than 100 packages.

All three girls have expressed interest in pursuing the Gold Award, the highest in Girl Scouting.

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