Amanda Rearden and Julia Daly complete Silver Award projects

by June Portnoy

Amanda Rearden and Julia Daly, both incoming Pennsbury High School freshmen, were Brownies in Yardley’s Girl Scout Troop 29 when they met eight years ago. Today, they are Girl Scout Cadettes, still in the same troop.

They recently completed their Girl Scout Silver Award projects by taking a leadership role to help make a positive difference to their community.

“This is the highest award that a Girl Scout Cadette can earn,” says their troop leader, Michelle Young.

According to a spokesperson at Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, only three to five percent of Girl Scouts earn a Silver Award. Although both girls strived to attain the same award, each girl chose very different projects to reach this goal.

Amanda taught autistic children how to play a musical instrument, while Julia helped her church run its day camp program. Amanda, who has played the oboe for five years and has a good friend with autism, combined both these interests in her Silver Award project.

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Jackie Allen earns highest Girl Scout honor

by Christine Wolkin

Earning your Silver Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can achieve, is no easy feat, but that’s exactly what Jackie Allen of Troop #2067 in Langhorne accomplished this spring by creating a “Little Free Library” outside of Albert Schweitzer Elementary School.

The Silver Award is typically pursued by Cadette Girl Scouts in their senior year of high school who are looking for a chance to show that they are an organized and determined leader dedicated to improving their local community. The average project requires a total of 50 hours of planning, developing, and execution; has to benefit a group or community outside of Girl Scouts; and must be able to continue after the scout’s involvement.

There are six steps a Girl Scout must take in order to earn the Silver Award.

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