Granby scouts earn silver awards

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Caroline Hall, Mackenzie Janski, and Daisy Rzecinski at their Silver Award ceremony. Submitted photo

Granby Girl Scout Troop 66362 members Caroline Hall, Daisy Rzecinski, and Mackenzie Janski have earned their Silver Awards. 

The Silver Award is the highest possible award for a Girl Scout Cadette to earn. A minimum of 50 hours of work is required to earn the award. Five percent of all Cadettes in Connecticut earned this award in 2020, which equates to around 190 girls. The Silver Award is also the second in a series of highest awards, with the Bronze Award being available to Girl Scout Juniors and the Gold Award being available to Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors. The goal of all these awards is to find the root cause of a community issue and help fix it.

For Hall’s project, she helped educate prospective pet owners on how to care for their pets. To do so, she hosted a virtual class on responsible pet care. The class discusses important pet care tips, along with interviews with cat and dog care experts. The recording of the class can be found on the Granby Public Library YouTube channel, and accompanying resources to the class—which include a coloring book—are also located at the library.

Rzecinski decided to help kids be more interested in going outside and exercising. For her project, she created a scavenger hunt for people to explore McLean Game Refuge in Granby. She designed cards with pictures of different woodland objects that can be checked off as the hunt is completed, and these cards will be posted on the McLean website soon. If you decide to do the scavenger hunt, use the hashtag #gsmcleanhunt to let us know!

Janski’s project helped people to access books while libraries were closed during the pandemic. She constructed a little library for her neighborhood, and it contains books of all reading levels and genres. People can borrow books from the library and leave one of their own if they choose to. The books are disinfected before being returned to the little library to ensure everyone stays healthy while sharing books!