Monday, October 15, 2018

Girl Scouts Conduct Flag Ceremony To Honor WWI Veteran in O'Fallon

The O’Fallon Woman’s Club partnered with members of Girl Scout Troops from Moye Elementary and Shiloh Schools to honor the life and service of Private Alva Neely at their monthly flag ceremony. Read full article in the O'Fallon Weekly

Monday, October 1, 2018

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois Around the Council: September 2018

Check out what's been happening around the 40 1/2 counties that make up
Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois' council!

Girl Scouts in Jefferson County completed their Brownie Layers of Security and Junior Networking Badges. 

Service Unit 107 South Macoupin County held a fall campout at Camp Chan Ya Ta.

Girl Scouts from Jackson County attended the "Chemistry is Out of This World" STEM event at SIU Carbondale.  They learned about the chemistry of outer space from the SIUC American Chemical Society. 

Daisies in Service Unit 522 Eastern Coles County earned their Eco Learner Badge on the Sister City Trails in Charleston, IL. 

Girl Scouts were on parade in the Calhoun County Fair Parade.

Troop #469 have been working on restoring Camp Chan Ya Ta's deck to earn their Girl Scout Bronze Award.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

GSofSI Girl Scouts Present Service Projects for Governor's Hometown Awards

GSofSI Girl Scouts who were nominated for the Governor's Hometown Awards (GHTA) traveled to Springfield to present their community service projects! The GHTA program gives formal recognition to those who contributed projects that improved their community's quality of life.

Katharine Housewright presents her Girl Scout Gold Award project to
the Governor's Hometown Award committee.

Katharine Housewright from Saint Jacob
Girl Scout Gold Award Project: "Beautification of Triad Middle School Courtyard"

For her Girl Scout Gold Award, Katharine made improvements to the school courtyard which was built in the 1960's and had not seen many updates. She started by painting a map of the United States and the Preamble to the Constitution in vivid colors and updated bike racks with colorful, protective enamel. She researched and used paints that would last close to a decade for a more lasting impact. Katherine encouraged others to act alongside her by sharing her progress on social media and sending out press releases to local newspapers.

Troop #8893 was represented by Marion's Mayor Anthony Rinella

Troop #8893 from Marion
Girl Scout Silver Award Project: "Carnival for Lighthouse Shelter"

For their Girl Scout Silver Award, Troop 8893 hosted a fall festival carnival for younger children to support the Lighthouse Shelter in Marion, Illinois. The Lighthouse Shelter is a homeless shelter in Marion. During the spring of 2017, the Lighthouse Shelter suffered from flooding. The Girl Scout Troop #8893 had attendees to the festival brought items to donate to the Lighthouse Shelter.

Victoria Birchem gives a presentation detailing her Girl Scout Gold Award project.

Victoria Birchem from O'FallonGirl Scout Gold Award Project: "Nomenclature for Nature"

For her Girl Scout Gold Award, Victoria worked with the O'Fallon Garden Club, its president and board, to create a catalog/database of the community garden’s plants and species. After the new plant species labels were installed, Victoria helped coordinate public garden tours and organized a program for local Girl Scout troops to tour and learn more about the O'Fallon Community Garden. These updates provided the O’Fallon Community Garden with new learning opportunities for the community and visitors to the garden.

Girl Scout Troop #8018 from Royalton and GSofSI Director of Communications Kim Vrooman

Troop #8018 from Royalton
Girl Scout Silver Award Project: "Royalton Community Garden"

Jacquelyn and Cera were approached by Royalton Mayor, Christy Powers, to start a project that the youth in their community could take part in. For their Girl Scout Silver Award, Jacquelyn and Cera enlisted local youth and planned, planted, and maintained a community garden. After long hours of maintenance and harvesting, the youth of the community sold the produce to the people of Royalton. The proceeds from the produce sales were then given back to the town.

Mackenzie Keiser from Edwardsville
Girl Scout Gold Award project: "Growing With the Garden"
For her Girl Scout Gold Award, Makenzie helped teach area children how to grow vegetable gardens with the YMCA Early Childhood Development Center in Edwardsville. After working with staff to design and build three raised bed gardens at the facility’s children’s playground, she taught students about the importance of vegetables and how they are cultivated. Makenzie helped the students start growing seeds indoors and how to transplant them to the garden. Finally she assisted the children with harvesting and tasting their produce.