PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – Twenty-five Girl Scouts, who have earned Silver Awards, were feted at a recent ceremony by Heart of the Hudson, the scouting organization’s regional office in Pleasantville, said its CEO, Pam Andersen.
The ceremony was held on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at the Orange-Ulster BOCES in Goshen, Andersen said.
The Silver Award is the second highest award girls can earn in Girl Scouting, and the highest award attainable at the middle school level.
Andersen said it represents a girl’s commitment to herself and to her community as she focuses on leadership, career exploration, personal challenges, and completing a lasting project that will benefit others.
The honorees were members of Troop 9010 in Orange County, which is comprised of girls with special needs.
It receives financial support through a grant from the Orange County Youth Bureau.
The 25 girls each completed 50 hours of community service, focusing on making life better for animals in their communities.
They created bulletin boards with advice on helping animals, designed and decorated kerchiefs for dogs in the Kingston Animal Shelter, made hand-sewn cat toys which were donated to the Warwick Humane Society, and created collection boxes for much needed items for the Warwick Animal Shelter.
By earning the award, she said, the Scouts have proven that they are committed to changing society for the better.
Hank Priestner-Werte, principal of the Raymond C. Cramer Secondary School in Goshen, participated in the ceremony.
“I could not be more proud of these girls,” Priestner-Werte said. “This incredible journey taught the girls about animals and how to make life better for them.”
Andersen, calling the award “very impressive,” said the girls overcame many obstacles in order to make “the world a better place.”
“It is always a wonderful reminder of the potential of young people when they’re given voices and the confidence and support they need,” she said
Rachel Wilson, director of the Orange County Youth Bureau, also attended the ceremony and praised the girls for their work.
“Obstacles did not stop these girls from reaching their goals,” she said.
“We can’t wait to see what they will accomplish in their future.”
Calling the award ceremony “beautiful and moving,” Wilson added: “We are so grateful for the work that Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson does for such a unique population.”
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