BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — When Girl Scout Cadettes (6-8th graders) focus on an issue they care about, learn the facts, and take action to make a difference, they gain the confidence and skills that will catapult them to lifelong success. It all adds up to the Girl Scout Silver Award—the highest honor a Cadette can achieve. 

Seven members of Girl Scout Cadette Troop 40178 of Berkeley Heights received this award. Most started working on the award (in groups and on their own) in sixth grade and completed the application process in Fall 2020, at the tail end of eighth grade.

Ava Klinck, Jasmine Mehta, and Julie Piazza upcycled donated t-shirts into reusable grocery bags for their Silver Award project. The girls distributed the 480 handmade bags for free at the BH Public Library this past August. They also created an Instagram account for their project, which you can check out here

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For her Girl Scout Silver Award, Bessie Huggins worked with the YMCA and Central Presbyterian Church, both in Summit, to create cooking classes for Middle Schoolers. She helped these students make brunch baskets and sold them to purchase Mother’s Day gifts for all the mothers in the Union County Family Promise Program.

Jackie Harris’ project centered on her volunteering as an assistant counselor at a summer youth theater camp at Central Presbyterian Church in Summit for the past few years. Her goal was to help provide an affordable and fun theater experience  for beginners and the experienced alike. To complete her project, she edited together videos and photos of the camp to be put on the camp’s website to get more children involved.

Rowan Fluharty and Elisabeth Walker’s Silver Award project addressed educating their peers on Autism Spectrum Disorder. Their first step was to educate themselves through volunteering in Columbia Middle School’s Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Room. After that, through consultation with their middle school principal and teachers, they created educational videos that were presented during Autism Awareness Week. Short term they hope to educate their peers and, longer term, they are both interested in pursuing careers in education. 

These seven girls have settled into their lives as Freshman at Governor Livingston and at Union County Vocational Technical School. Next up,  if all stars should align, the Girl Scout Gold Award for this group.