Cicero, N.Y. – Area Girl Scouts were recently recognized at three Young Women of Distinction ceremonies for earning their Girl Scout Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards, the highest awards in Girl Scouting.
The prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a girl can earn. In order to earn the award, girls must demonstrate their leadership abilities, complete Journey activities, the essence of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, and then spend at least 80 hours working on a Gold Award Take Action project that is meant to have sustainability within the community. Nearly 50 girls throughout the 26-county jurisdiction of Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways earned the Gold Award this year. Thirteen local Girl Scouts earned the Gold Award this year:
Kaitlyn Allen of Baldwinsville designed a summer camp to allow young girls to gain new confidence in themselves, make new friends and have fun. The girls who attended were from families that did not have a lot of money, or whose families did not have a lot of time to spend with them.
Cassandra Crisafulli of Oswego addressed the needs for activities and comfort for children at Golisano Children’s Hospital by creating activity kits for children while staying at the hospital.
Siobhan Dunn of Syracuse created the North Side Youth Group for students in grades 7-12 to meet for fun nights with games and activities and do community service projects.
Courtney Gazda of Oswego created Bottles of Hope for hematology patients at Upstate Hospital to provide them with love, comfort and support.
Camille Graham of Oswego conducted a collection drive for supplies and letters for servicewomen and men overseas.
Paige Gray of Oswego worked with young children to show them that art can be fun. She had them create a mural titled, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” The children drew sketches about things they wanted to advocate for and what they thought the world needed.
Jayme Kelsey of Oswego created an art exhibit and collected donations for the Oswego City Animal Shelter and the Oswego Humane Society.
Justine Moss and Amanda Nicoletti of Liverpool created “Project Beast” which helped make kids aware of the poverty in the community and get them to donate soaps and shampoos for kids in need.
Brittany Noyes of Syracuse created a driving/walking tour of historical sites in Oswego. She created a brochure that educated people on the history of several buildings. The brochures were distributed to tourism agencies and historical sites.
Nicole Peinkofer of Baldwinsville provided basic essentials to those in the community who could not afford them.
Nicole Pizzari of Syracuse started a Birthday Buddies program in partnership with a Syracuse City School District elementary school. This provided children who did not have the resources to celebrate their birthdays with the materials to be able to have a cake and presents.
Christina Wolken of Syracuse helped those that are visually impaired. She recorded books on tape for the visually impaired to use in a book club.
The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award girls in grades 6-8 can earn. The requirements to earn the Girl Scout Silver Award help girls gain leadership skills, complete Journey activities, the essence of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, and then spend at least 50 hours working on a project, either individually or with a small group, that provides a service to the community.
Local Girl Scouts earning the Silver Award are:
Jordan Bukowski of Cicero; Alexis Calhoun and Caity Fuller of Brewerton; Bridget Dugan, Faith Grifo, Abigail Mulloy and Natalie Rott of Manlius; Laura Knaflewski of Syracuse; Marsalli Knapp and Sarah Mandanas of Oswego; Alyssa Macidyn of East Syracuse; Brianna Swanson of Clay; and Amanda VanAllen of Central Square.
The Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest award for Girl Scout Juniors, in grades 4 and 5. To earn the Girl Scout Bronze Award, girls must learn leadership and planning skills necessary to follow through on a project that makes a positive impact on her community. Girls can work within their troops to earn this award.
Local Girl Scout Junior troops earning the Bronze Award are:
Troop 10050 of Manlius, Fayetteville, East Syracuse and Chittenango; Troop 10072 of Mexico and Oswego; Troop 10101 of Fulton, Oswego and Liverpool; Troop 10109 and Troop 10623 of Minoa and Kirkville; Troop 10190 of Manlius; Troop 10204 of Mexico; Troop 10380 of Baldwinsville and Fulton; Troop 10386 of Baldwinsville; Troop 10391 of Oswego; Troop 10446 of North Syracuse and Liverpool; Troop 10621 of Jamesville-Dewitt; Troop 10654 of Clay, Cicero and North Syracuse; Troop 10696 of Liverpool and Clay; Troop 10735 of Fayetteville; Troop 10833 of North Syracuse and Liverpool; Troop 10965 of Jamesville and Manlius; and Troop 11013 of Central Square.
Join the fun and friendship of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Contact the Girl Scouts’ Cicero Service Center at (315) 698-9400, visit www.gsnypenn.org, become a fan at facebook.com/GSNYPENN, follow twitter.com/GSNYPENN and pintrest.com/gsnypenn, or read the blog at www.gsnypenn.wordpress.com for more information.
Girl Scouts is the premiere leadership development program for girls. Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, Inc. serves nearly 18,000 girls in 26 counties of New York and Pennsylvania. Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls’ healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Visit www.gsnypenn.org or call the Cicero Service Center at (315) 698-9400.