Girl Scouts in Maplewood-South Orange Troop 20816 have earned the Silver Award, the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn, for their work renovating a cabin at The Oval. Assemblywoman Mila Jasey recognized the following Girl Scouts at a Friday ceremony with resolutions that will be read into the record of the State Senate. The Silver Award winners are: Abigail Baker, Chelsea Gray, Elizabeth Hilton, Katherine Hilton, June Solow, Nathalie Spidle, Carina Steficek, and Hailey White. Their troop leader, Karen Hartshorn Hilton, was recognized for taking charge of the project.
Over the course of the past year, the scouts worked towards the award by choosing a project, fundraising, and learning skills necessary to improve the “WYSOMISH” cabin at The Oval Girl Scout Camp in the South Mountain Reservation.
“We chose this project as a way to give back to other Girl Scouts,” said Solow. “And maybe it can inspire younger girls who go to the camp to get their Silver Award,” added Spidle.
The girls’ work on the cabin included extensive painting, cleaning, and tiling. All of these, explained the scouts, were new skills. The troop members divided into smaller committees, each charged with an area of the cabin. Some members worked on the kitchen, while others took the common areas, and the bathroom. In addition, the troop members constructed a new sign for the cabin, which will be installed before spring.
Jasey commended the girls, all ninth graders, for their commitment to community service and their dedication to a project that benefits others. The girls have been scouts since first grade; the troop began at Marshall School and has continued through Jefferson, middle school, and now sees the girls into high school.
The Silver Award is a pin that Girl Scouts wear on their sashes. The girls celebrated with dinner at Benihana after the award ceremony.
Photos show the girls at work on the cabin.