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 (Bronze Award) and Brenda/Bailey Klanderud (Silver Award). The awards ceremony will take place in May, 2017. (See also post for Bronze Award.)
Congratulations to Cadette Girl Scout Troop 43102 for supporting Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (LFS) in assisting foster families through the Foster Care Support Shoppe. Elkhorn Hills UMC member Brenda Klanderud is the co-leader for Troop 43102 who is working towards their Silver Award. The eighth grade girls of Troop 43102 worked with area businesses in collecting donations for the Lutheran Family Services Foster Care Support Shoppe.
Their project brought awareness to LFS and their foster care programs and collected donations/resources for their “Foster Care Support Shoppe.” Additionally, the girls served at LFS by sorting donations and putting them away, delivered Christmas gifts for distribution, and donated boxes of Girl Scout cookies to the LFS staff. Members of the troop are Karen Hickey, Bernice Hilker, Bailey Klanderud, and Megan Schalley.
Elkhorn Hills UMC supported this project through their All Church Garage Sale, which provided books, clothing, duffle bags, stuffed animals, and toys for the Support Shoppe.
About Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (LFS)
LFS provides services for children, including adoption services; foster care; and family support services. LFS is a faith-based, not-for-profit, multi-service human care agency that is supported by community contributions. Each year LFS serves over 35,000 individuals by providing human care services that build and strengthen individual, family and community life. In addition to Children Services, they offer Behavioral Health and Community Services, including help to immigrants and refugees.
LFS provides care packages for families with foster children. These packages often include clothing, toys, household cleaners, toothpaste, shampoo, soaps, laundry detergent, dishwashing detergent and other items that a family typically uses more amounts of as their families grow. LFS staff get the items for the care packages from this “Support Shoppe.” Additionally, throughout the year, LFS opens the “Support Shoppe” for foster families to come in and select their own clothing, coats, hygiene items, etc.
Click here to learn more about Lutheran Family Services.
About the Silver Award
The Silver Award is the second highest award of the Girl Scouts of the USA, and the highest award that a Girl Scout Cadette can earn. Only Cadette Scouts ages 11–14 or in grades 6-8 can earn the Silver Award. Girls must complete a Cadette Journey prior to beginning their project. Once the journey is completed, girls must complete a 50-hour service project that is sustainable and educational. Upon completion of the Silver Award project, the Girl Scout submits the Girl Scout Silver Award report to her local Girl Scout Council. Girls may work by themselves or in groups of 2-4 girls.
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!”