Girl Scouts from Troop No. 60005 hold candles while reciting the Girl Scout oath and law Monday night at the end of the awards ceremony.
Girl Scouts receive annual awards
By ROBERT PIERCE
• Leader & Times
Girl Scouts in local Troop No. 60005 have done much in recent years in the way of community service projects, and many of the young ladies were awarded for their hard work Monday.
Leader Michele Stoddard said the projects the girls have done this year were some great ones.
“Good Sam bird seed collection, serving at the Liberal Senior Center Thanksgiving meal, angel tree shopping and learning to set and stay on budget,” she said of just a few of the things the girls have done this year.
Stoddard added that some of the troop members even earned Bronze and Silver awards through projects at the Liberal Area Rape Crisis and Domestic Violence Services office.
She then went on with more projects the girls had done throughout the year.
“Earth Day planting at Dorothy’s House, and they’re going back and planting some more,” she said.
The girls’ acts of kindness even spread outside of Southwest Kansas and the Oklahoma Panhandle to tornado-ravaged, Moore, Okla. Troop members took to the stores as they went shopping for the victims of those storms.
Stoddard then pointed to another project, which had the girls back at Liberal Good Samaritan, this time planting flowers, and lastly, helping with Baker Arts Center’s annual Backyard Blast event.
The troop leader said, though, the girls did also have some fun along with the work during the year.
“We had our fun events like some going ice skating in Dodge, the Christmas hay ride, the tea party at Good Sam, the robo troop going to world (competition) in St. Louis, the self-defense moves we learned to be safer,” she said.
Stoddard said she has seen each girl grow into becoming a strong leader.
“I have seen them take on a task that wasn’t 100 percent in their comfort zone, and realize they could do it,” she said. “Just the other day, the CEO of Girl Scouts sat down with me at Spencer Browne’s and told me how she heard a lot of great things about our troop.”
Stoddard said she is proud to have each and every girl in Troop 60005 as a member.
“I’m excited see what Girl Scouts leads them to this year,” she said.