By Greta Sowles
According to www.girlscouts.org, the Girl Scout program has been around for more than 100 years, building girls of courage, confidence and character. The Girl Scout program includes over 3.2 million members worldwide, and it extends into smaller communities like Carver County.
Members of local Girl Scout Troop 10542 are currently working on their Silver Awards, the highest award a Girl Scout cadet can earn. In order to do this, each girl in the troop must put in 50 hours of work in the local community. Girl Scout Troop 10542 created two different programs for the community that will use local parks.
On June 3, members of the troop presented their request for use of parks and waiver of fees to the Waconia City Council. The troop had already written a letter describing the events and why they were proposing them. All of the members of the troop are in seventh grade.
Lyndy Elvebak, Maddie Voigt, Ellen Arntz, Grace Steinhagen and Ally Grant, members of troop 10542, presented their event “Kids Fun Days,” which will use Brook Peterson Park, City Square Park and Bent Creek Park on July 25, Aug. 15 and Aug. 22, respectively. “Kids Fun Days” will include arts and crafts, games, snacks and playground opportunities for kids 3-9 years old. The event will be from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on the above listed dates. It is free, but those attending are encouraged to bring a food shelf item or money donation.
“The ‘Kids Fun Days’ will have lots of activities to enrich community kids and spend a summer morning playing and having fun,” said Voigt.
Troop 10542 members Mollie Dummer and Callie Kirt presented the other event, which will be a pet fair. The fair will be held at Brook Peterson Park from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24.
“The fair will consist of a dog washing program, pet education and various pet-themed activities,” said Dummer.
The troop will also be asking three veterinarians to help provide pet education and is asking for donations in pet supplies or money that will go to the Carver Scott Humane Society.
After hearing the proposals, the council did authorize the use of the parks and waived the fees. The fee waiver is consistent with other approvals that have been granted for similar activities in the past.
“It makes me proud of our community to work with people on projects like this — and even prouder to see the commitment to service coming from my daughter and her friends,” said Waconia City Administrator Susan Arntz, who is also the mother of troop member Ellen Arntz.
Upon completion of these community events, reflection and sharing of their story, Girl Scout Troop 10542 can celebrate their Silver Award.
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