Lisa and Sophie, of Troop 7098, earned their Silver Awards. Their project was making and installing 40 plant posts that will be used to identify plants at the Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve in Auburn. We are extremely proud of these two girls who designed, got the material donations, built and installed the posts, which are a wonderful addition to the facility.
We interviewed Lisa and Sophie about their project:
How did you come up with your idea?
Sophie: I told Lisa about working at the summer camp they do there every year and we both thought it would be fun to do a project there, so we contacted Mrs. Jen Lolly and started our project.
Lisa:I started eliminating things I didn't want to do and I came across the Forest Ecology Preserve.
Were you intimidated by the scale of the project?
Sophie: A little bit. At first you do not think that 50 hours of work is that much, but after working for what seems like a very long time and you relieze that you have only added up to 10 hours it starts to get intimidating.
Lisa:A little bit. I knew I had the rest of the year. We broke it up into different steps and just went through them one at a time.
How did you keep up the momentum for the project?
Sophie: Just the thought of what it would be when we are done :)
Were you ever discouraged?
Sophie: Just a tiny bit towards the end. When we still had a lot of hours to fill in and not much time to do so.
Lisa:A little bit at the end because we had to start thinking of deadlines.
What did you do to overcome that?
Sophie: We started working longer and harder
Lisa:I just remembered that it was almost over.
How will people benefit from this?
Sophie: People will be able to identify plants easier, maybe to the point to where they are as familiar with the plants as with the McDonalds sign!
Lisa: People will benefit from these because they will have the information right then and there without having to do much more then look at the sign.
How did you feel after you finished?
Sophie: It felt great that we had done such a huge project that the community would benefit from.
Lisa: It felt like a job well done and I could take a break.
Thanks, Lisa and Sophie, for sharing your process with us!
Do you have a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award story that you would like to share? We especially want to hear what girls have to say about their award process. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to feature it on our Girl Blog!
Want to learn more about girls' award experience, or meet potential community partners? Attend the Leadership Celebration event on April 13, 2013.