Girl Scouts hold first Green & White ceremony
Fairfield Girl Scouts held their first ever Green & White Ceremony Sunday at Fairfield Middle School.
The Green & White Ceremony is an equivalent to the Boy Scouts’ Blue & Gold Ceremony.
Girls were honored for their accomplishments during the past year. Girls were honored for completing their Bronze, Silver and Gold awards, for selling more than 500 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies, and volunteering. The ambassador troop recognized their graduating seniors.
Each of the troops present was introduced and told what they had accomplished through the years. The troops attending were: 9036, 9108, 9255, 9297, 9560, 9614 and 9362.
The Girl Scout Bronze Award, highest honor a Girl Scout Junior in grades fourth and fifth can earn, requires a girl to learn leadership and planning skills through completing a Girl Scout Journey for Juniors. Participants then take action on a 20-hour project focusing on something the girls care about and would like to improve within their Girl Scout or local community. The girls who were honored were Troop 9297: Hailey Criswell, Lainey Criswell, Julia Fritz, Abyni Garner, Laurel Hilger and Jenna Wickenkamp. They made a Story Hike, a two-page spread of a picture book affixed to a presentation board and then attached to a post. Posts are placed along a loop trail in Jefferson County Park. It will feature new stories once or twice a year.
The Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout Cadette in grades sixth through eighth can earn, represents a girl’s accomplishments in Girl Scouting and her community as she grows and works to improve her life and the lives of others. Two girls completed their Silver Award: Kristen Daugherty and Maddie Smith, both with Troop 9255. They volunteered at the local hospital helping patients with a variety of tasks. They provided companionship by spending time with the patients and delivering holiday and get-well cards.
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. It recognizes girls in grades ninth through 12th who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. Girls recognized for their Gold Award were Danielle Garrison and Kaitlyn Daugherty, both with Troop 9362. Garrison received her Gold Award by building a dog agility park in Fairfield. She partnered with Fairfield Park and Recreation Department and Noah’s Ark Animal Foundation to build the park to help keep dogs and their owners physically and mentally fit. The 4-H Dog Project Group also will be using the park for practice for the Jefferson County Fair.
Daugherty received her Gold Award for the science fair she organized for sixth through 12th-grade students living in Jefferson County. The fair inspired students to explore science in fun and creative ways. She is hoping the fair will be held for years to come.
Kaitlyn Daugherty received the Doneta Schaeffer scholarship. The scholarship honors Doneta Schaffer, who was a Girl Scout volunteer and council staff member who believed there was always something new to learn, different to see and fun to experience.
Presidential Volunteer Awards were handed out. Kristen Daugherty earned her Gold Level for kids ages 5-14 by doing 100 hours or more of volunteering. Kaitlyn Daugherty and Danielle Garrison earned their Gold Award for young adults ages 15-25 by doing 250 or more hours of volunteering.
Graduating high school seniors recognized were Danielle Garrison, Kaitlyn Daugherty, Rachel Buelow and Ashley Workman.
Danielle Garrison, daughter of Art and Chris Garrison, plans on going to Iowa State University to be a veterinarian. Kaitlyn Daugherty, daughter of Joe and Stacey Daugherty, plans on attending University of Iowa and she is going into the medical field. Rachel Buelow, daughter of Paul and Deb Buelow, plans on going to Indian Hills Community College and then continuing on in a four-year college where she will be going into the medical field. Ashley Workman, daughter of Anna Shields, is undecided on her future plans.
Nine scouts were honored for their 2013 Girl Scout Cookie Sales: Danielle Garrison, Kaitlyn Daugherty, Laurel Hilger, Hailey Burke, Abyni Garner, Chloe Johnson, Kristen Daugherty, Madelyn Smith and Cecilia Faircrest.
In the Fairfield service area, 19,505 boxes of cookies were sold. Top selling troops were: Troop 4311 sold 9,560; Troop 9362 sold 3,715; Troop 9297 sold 2,910; Troop 9255 sold 2,165; Troop 9281 sold 1,925; Troop 9585 sold 1,456; and Troop 9036 sold 1,155.
For the Cookie Share program, in which the scouts send boxes of cookies to military troops overseas, the Fairfield service area sent 76 boxes in 2012. In 2013, they sent 448 boxes, with Troop 9362 sending 333 boxes.
These nine area scouts were among the girls in the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois Council who sold more than 500 boxes of cookies this year. The achievement qualified them for membership in the Girl Scout 500-Club. From the nine girls, two earned their way into the 1000-Club: Danielle Garrison and Katelyn Daugherty. The GSEIWI Council spreads from Burlington to the Quad Cities to Cedar Rapids and Fairfield and encompasses a lot of girls so it is a very high honor for the nine girls who made it into the 1000-Club and the 500-Club.
Danielle Garrison sold 2,345 boxes, earning her membership for the 11th year in the 500-Club and the 10th year in the 1000-Club. She has sold more than 2,000 boxes four years. She is with Troop 9362. Kaitlyn Daugherty earned her third year in the 500-Club and her first year in the 1000-Club by selling 1,111 boxes. She is with Troop 9362.
Laurel Hilger sold 753 boxes to earn her second year into the 500-Club. She is with Troop 9297. Hailey Burke sold 723 boxes, which earned her second year into the 500-Club. She is with Troop 9560.
Abyni Garner earned her first year into the 500-Club by selling 625 boxes. She is in Troop 9297. Chloe Johnson, with Troop 9285, earned her second year in the 500-Club by selling 556 boxes.
Kristen Daugherty earned her second way into the 500-Club by selling 515 boxes. She is with Troop 9255.
Madelyn Smith sold 510 boxes to earn her way into the 500-Club for the seventh year. She also has been a member of the 1000-Club four times. She is with Troop 9255. Cecilia Faircrest, Troop 9108, sold 504 boxes which earned her second year into the 500-Club.