Going For Silver

After six years together, Girl Scout Troop 1782 of Carlsbad will earn the second highest achievement in Scouts, the Silver Award. And it all started with a concern and compassion for animals.

Troop 1782 and its seven members partnered with the San Diego Humane Society (SDHS) and Project Wildlife to educate the community about animal safety, rescue, adoption, and therapy programs. A year-long commitment and true labor of love, it required many hours of research, hands-on experience and of course, heart. The troop visited animal rescue facilities throughout the County, including Rancho Coastal Humane Society, Helen Woodward Animal Center, and the San Diego Humane Society to learn about therapy pets. Next they took a trip to Rawhide Ranch to learn how to care for a multitude of farm animals. They created two Prize Wheels and eight ring toss boards that were given to SDHS to be used in workshops, school events, and info booths. The Scouts also participated in two major volunteer events, the Walk for Animals and PET PALS. At the PET PALS event, the troop set up educational games and taught kids facts about animals ranging from raccoons to cats to iguanas. According to the girls, a highlight for them was how great it made them feel to be role models to younger girls, some of whom will be future Girl Scouts.

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Troop members Camille Adami, Camden Altenbern, Nicole Keffer, Milana Ric, Camille Sanshu, Hannah Waite, and Kate Vickery would like other young girls to know they can have fun and make the world a better place at the same time. The troop was led by Renee Sanshu.