MONROE, Conn. — The 12 members of Girl Scout Troop 34219 from Monroe completed a project to repaint the emergency trail blaze markers on the Orange Trail at Webb Mountain Park to earn the prestigious Girl Scout Bronze Award.
The numbered trail markers can be used by hikers in emergencies when communicating their location to first responders.
The Bronze Award is the highest award that Girl Scout Juniors (Grades 4 to 5) can earn. The girls demonstrate achievements in leadership development, project planning, and taking action in a positive way that addresses an important community need.
The girls will receive their Bronze Award pins and certificates at a troop ceremony with their families this fall. Girl Scouts of Troop 34219 earning the Bronze Award include: Emma Cusa, Erin Davis, Kaylee Edgar, Lily Garland, Gwen Giugno, Ellie Lennon, Ava Mattingly, Madeline Smith, Anna Tsichlas, Olivia VanDerheyden, Sarah Verrastro and Layla Wasserman.
The troop began the Bronze Award process last fall as the girls observed and researched needs within the Monroe community and brainstormed ways to help.
The girls were especially interested in selecting a project that would benefit the town’s parks, which they enjoy visiting, and that also would address public safety.
Helping to maintain the emergency location trail markers touched on both these areas of interest for the girls. The project also helped to sustain the work of other Girl Scouts who had installed and mapped the numbered trail markers as Gold Award projects in past years.
With their Bronze Award project selected, the girls developed a plan, scheduling the work, budgeting for the supplies, and coordinating with town officials.
The members of Troop 34219 used their strengths, talents, and skills to put their plan into action while each taking a leadership role.
The troop was supported in completing their Bronze Award project plan by their troop leaders, Deborah Mattingly and Tanya Lennon; their families; Monroe Park Ranger David Solek; the Monroe Land Trust and Tree Conservancy; and the Monroe Conservation and Water Resources Commission.
Photo IDs: Front row, left to right: Sarah Verrastro, Kaylee Edgar, Erin Davis, Layla Wasserman, Emma Cusa, Lily Garland;
Back row, left to right: Olivia VanDerheyden, Tanya Lennon (co-leader), Deb Mattingly (co-leader), Ava Mattingly, Madeline Smith, Ellie Lennon, Gwen Giugno, Anna Tsichlas.
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