Elkhorn Hills UMC is proud of our members for their ongoing service to our community. Our congregation has many young Girl Scouts, and two of these young ladies and their mothers are being recognized for achieving Girl Scout awards: Gretchen/Brianna Robinson and Brenda/Bailey Klanderud. The awards ceremony will take place in May, 2017. Brianna Robinson is a member of Junior Girl Scout Troop 42644, her mother, Gretchen, is leader of this troop. (See also post about Silver Award.)
Congratulations to Junior Girl Scout Troop 42644 for collecting hygiene items for the Open Door Mission. Elkhorn Hills UMC member Gretchen Robinson leads Troop 42644 who are working towards their Bronze Award. The fifth grade girls of Troop 42644 worked with Skyline Elementary School in collecting money and hygiene items for the Open Door Mission. They collected the items and assembled “Hope Bags” filled with the following hygiene items:
- 81 bottles of hand sanitizer
- 13 packs of socks,
- 23 cans of shaving cream
- 241 combs and brushes
- 57 tubes of toothpaste
- 27 bottles of lotion
- 71 deodorants
- and many other items.
Troop Leader Robinson said, “The girls are going to deliver the bags and volunteer at the mission in March.” Members of the troop are Elly Thiem, Izzy Kawa, McKenzie Carlson, Ella Epstein, Makenzie Mueller, Brianna Robinson, Grace Albright, Elizabeth Barton, and McKenna Forsberg.
About the Open Door Mission
Open Door Mission is a Gospel Rescue Mission founded in 1954 committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Each day, Open Door Mission’s campus offers 816 safe, shelter beds to homeless men, women and children, serves over 2,000 hot, nutritious meals and provides preventive measures to more than 275 people living in poverty. More than 600,000 Americans are homeless on any given night. Nearly a quarter of these are children. Open Door Mission is committed to making a difference in their lives and getting them on a path off the streets. There are many ways in which you can help Open Door Mission.
Click here to learn more about the Open Door Mission.
About the Bronze Award
The Bronze Award is the third highest award in Girl Scouts of the USA. It was introduced by GSUSA in 2001, and can only be earned by Girl Scouts at the Junior level. Girls must be in 4th or 5th grade (or equivalent), be a registered Girl Scout Junior, and have completed a Junior Journey, including a Take Action project, before they can begin work on a Bronze Award project. The Bronze Award Project is a team effort by a group of Juniors, usually from a single troop. The project’s objective must be to benefit the local community and/or benefit Girl Scouting as a whole in some way. Each scout is expected to contribute 20 hours to the project. The project is to be girl-led, but, unlike the Silver and Gold Awards, adults may be on-hand to assist and guide.
About Girl Scouts USA
Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA), commonly referred to as simply Girl Scouts, is a youth organization for girls in the United States and American girls living abroad. Girl Scouts prepares girls to empower themselves and promotes compassion, courage, confidence, character, leadership, entrepreneurship, and active citizenship through activities involving camping, community service, learning first aid, and earning badges by acquiring practical skills. Girl Scouts’ achievements are recognized with various special awards, including the Girl Scout Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards.
Girl Scout membership is organized according to grade, with activities designed for each level. GSUSA is a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and accepts girls of all backgrounds.
Founded by Juliette Gordon Low in 1912, it was organized after Low met Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting, in 1911. Upon returning to Savannah, Georgia, she telephoned a distant cousin, saying, “I’ve got something for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world, and we’re going to start it tonight!”