On Monday, June 7th, family and friends of Cadette Girl Scout troop 2522 gathered at the Larchmont Girl Scout House to watch troop members Carina Allen, Sarah Axelard, Gabriella Carcano, Joann DiBuono, Alba Gallego De Dios, Sabine Ginsberg, Christine Perciasepe and Rachel Primavera receive their Silver Award pins. After three years of hard work, including badge work, career exploration, 15 hours of leadership service and 40 hours of project work each, these eight girls earned the top award for Cadette Girl Scouts.
One aspect of their Silver Award project involved cleaning up the outside area around the Girl Scout House and donating two picnic tables for use in that area. Cathy Bennett, volunteer community chair for Girl Scouts of Larchmont-Mamaroneck, commended the girls for their “commitment to improve the local Girl Scout house, which has made it a more appealing and functional place for our community.”
The second portion of their Silver Award project involved providing start-up assistance for The Sharing Shelf, a new Family Services of Westchester (FSW) organization which collects, sorts and distributes gently used children’s clothing free of charge to needy families across Westchester County. Sharing Shelf co-founder Deborah Blatt addressed the girls at the ceremony, thanking them for their invaluable assistance, stating that “since October 2009, you and members of your troop have volunteered numerous hours collecting, sorting and bagging clothes and other items… and because of your support we have been able to distribute clothing to nearly 800 needy children in Westchester County.”
The girls then surprised Ms. Blatt by presenting the Sharing Shelf with a large rolling laundry cart, which the girls had raised money to purchase. The cart will enable Sharing Shelf volunteers to easily move bags of donated clothing when they are taken into the warehouse or deposited in the appropriate sorting site.
The girls were all thrilled to earn their awards but are wasting no time in taking on their next challenge. Next week they will be meeting to start work on the Gold Award.
The troop leaders are looking forward to seeing what Gold Award projects the girls select. “These young women are very capable and talented,” said Troop Leader Sue Perciasepe. “Pursuing the Gold Award will give them another, even bigger, opportunity to use their skills and interests to make a wonderful difference in our community.”
Pat Allen is a co-leader of Troop 2522.