CHIÈVRES, Belgium -- USA Girl Scouts - Overseas SHAPE Troop 84 held a ceremony May 23 at the SHAPE Club to honor four young girls for their service to the local community with a Bronze Award ceremony. The Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve and recipients must devote at least 20 hours to their projects and truly accomplish the Girl Scout mission of developing courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place.
To earn this award girls in grades four and five must complete one of the Girl Scout leadership journeys, explained McKayla Gunnerson, Girl Scout and mistress of ceremony. Then the girls will work as a small group on an action project that benefits the Girl Scout community or their local neighborhood.
"Each of these girls have achieved the high ideals and goals set by the founders in 1912," she said. "They have dedicated a tremendous amount of time and effort and energy identifying the needs in the community with experts and volunteers. They have created true and meaningful change in our world. They're amazing leaders and we are glad that you could be here to celebrate their achievements."
Troop Leader Laticia Brandy went on, "Working as a team, the girls mine their communities for information about local resources. The girls dig deeper to discover problems that need fixing and they polish their ideas to find a creative solution."
The Bronze Award recipients hosted a Mother's Day social for the women currently residing at Le KANGOUROU Women's Shelter in Barbour, Belgium. Le KANGOUROU accommodates up to 35 women and children. They provide housing and assist the women with their (re)insertion process. To date, there are eleven moms and 15 children living at Le KANGOUROU. The youngest mom is 16 years old and has a nine month old son. Bronze award recipients provided two arts and craft stations where the children made Mother's Day gifts and cards. They also had a S.T.E.M. station where they made slime. The Girls will also presented personal hygiene items to the shelter from their toiletry drive.
"Each Bronze Award project brings a bit of brightness to our world," said Brandy. "I'm so proud of them. To see them come into their own year after year is a blessing."
USA Girl Scout Overseas - SHAPE is always looking for volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering please reach out to any current Girl Scout Troop leader on SHAPE or leave a message on their Facebook page www.facebook.com/groups/Shapegirlscouts.