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Girl Scouts earn awards for projects

Pequot Lakes fifth-grade Girl Scout Troop 347 celebrated its final awards ceremony Thursday, May 18, with Kessa Eggert, Betsy Boyda, Aubrey Larsen and Calia Chaney receiving top honors for completing all requirements to achieve the highest honor ...

Submitted PhotoFrom left are Betsy Boyda, Kessa Eggert, Aubrey Larsen and Calia Chaney.
Submitted Photo From left are Betsy Boyda, Kessa Eggert, Aubrey Larsen and Calia Chaney.

Pequot Lakes fifth-grade Girl Scout Troop 347 celebrated its final awards ceremony Thursday, May 18, with Kessa Eggert, Betsy Boyda, Aubrey Larsen and Calia Chaney receiving top honors for completing all requirements to achieve the highest honor given to a Junior Level Girl Scout - the Bronze Award.

To complete the Bronze Award, the girls needed to create a project that would improve the community or impact community members to make the world a better place.They needed to create a project that would be self-sustaining.

Eggert and Boyda teamed up with Heartland Animal Rescue Team in Baxter to focus on the concerns of the overpopulation of cats in the community. Working with Donna Wambeke, HART director, they created the Cat Coupon.

With the Girl Scout Cat Coupon, people can receive a 10 percent discount on a cat adoption. More importantly, the girls provided an educational piece on how to care for cats.

The girls provided Cat Coupons at several events HART hosted, such as Hoofin' it for H.A.R.T. and Doggie Dash. To receive a Girl Scout Cat Coupon, contact HART.

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Larsen and Chaney partnered with St. Croix Hospice, which was looking for avenues to bring happiness to their patients as the volunteers visited them. The girls created a scrapbook project, assembling simple books that provide jokes, poems and pictures of all kinds of activities (fishing, boating, camping, etc).

Patients enjoy the books and reminisce about days when they enjoyed those activities. Volunteers find the scrapbooks to be a helpful tool to help brighten patients' days

To keep this project self-sustaining, Larsen and Chaney introduced the idea to local after-school programs and daycare centers so children can continue to make bright, fun and entertaining scrapbooks for St. Croix Hospice patients.

All girls in Troop 347 successfully completed their Junior Level of Girl Scouts and bridged to the Cadet Level.

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