Results tagged “Silver Award” from Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama


Congratulations to Katie Holtzcher of Troop 9157, who did a wonderful Silver Award project. 

Katie collected toiletry items and sewed personal necessity kits out of washcloths to hold the items. She made about 300 bags and sent them to an orphanage in Uganda through a foundation called Global Impact. 

Congratulations are also due to Laura Puranen, 9157 Troop Leader, for supporting and encouraging her girls. Wonderful job to you both!


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  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.


Join older girls from Southern Alabama and Florida Panhandle for Silver and Gold training under the new Journeys standards. Girls must bring leader or advisor and adults are limited to the suggested girl/adult ratio. Girls will do training for awards, leadership development, team building and fun activities.


Where: Camp Kugelman in Lillian

Check in: 9 a.m. Saturday, August 28

Check Out: 10 a.m. Sunday, August 29

Cost: $25 girls and adults (includes meals, snacks, lodging, materials)

Optional Night: Friday- Sunday, $30 check in 8 p.m. Friday (includes snack Friday night and Breakfast Sat.)

Grade Levels: Open to 6th-12th grade girls interested in earning the Silver or Gold award

Minimum: 18; maximum 50

Registrations due: Mobile Service Center by August 13

Contact: Mary Anne Brutkiewicz, ext. 1202 or


Note: This is a collaboration between Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama and Girl Scouts of the Florida Panhandle. Future Take Action weekends will take place at other camps in our jurisdiction.


The Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation is dedicated to preserving the memory of Corinne Schillings, a 26- year-old woman who lost her life in the Baltimore Water Taxi accident on March 6, 2004. Corinne was a Silver Award Girl Scout and a 1999 graduate of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Corinne received her undergraduate degree in foreign languages, majoring in Italian; she also studied Spanish, French, and Portuguese. She spent two semesters studying in Italy, first in Florence and then Milan. During her study abroad in Florence, Corinne met her future fiancé, Andrew Roccella, who also died in the accident. Corinne believed strongly in higher education for women and in learning about various cultures through language. The foundation will award scholarships and grants to deserving young women who reflect Corinne's aspirations, values, and enthusiasm for life.


Scholarship: The foundation will award scholarships to deserving young women who have earned the Girl Scout Gold or Silver Award and who plan to or are currently pursuing a college major or minor in foreign language. This scholarship is renewable.


Grant: The foundation will provide airfare for a Silver or Gold Award Girl Scout who plans to study abroad, regardless of her major/minor. It is not necessary to be a scholarship recipient to apply for this one-time grant; nor are scholarship recipients excluded from applying. This grant is not renewable.


Application Deadline: May 15

For further information about Corinne, the foundation, or to obtain the downloadable scholarship and grant applications, visit the foundation's Web site at: or contact by email at: or by phone at: 708-957-3684 or 630-886-0507.



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