FARMINGDALE, NJ - The Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore honored 35 Girl Scouts from Monmouth and Ocean counties, including one from Holmdel, with the Girl Scout Silver Award on Thursday, November 29, at the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore’s Program Activity Center, Farmingdale.

Heidi Rose Kiss, from Holmdel, chose the focus of her Girl Scout Silver Award project after speaking with her youth pastor and his wife; they are foster parents and shared with Kiss that foster children always arrive with their personal items stored in a big trash bag. For her Girl Scout Silver Award project, Kiss, who is from Holmdel, collected backpacks and other items for Foster and Adoptive Services with the help of the Woman's Club of Matawan. After the project was complete the club decided to take on this project to ensure Kiss’ project makes an ongoing impact.

“By earning the Girl Scout Silver Award, these young women have proven that they are committed to changing society for the better,” said Eileen M. Higgins, CEO, Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore. “They have made a difference in their community and improved the lives of others by taking action on an issue that’s important to them.”

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The Girl Scout Silver Award is the second highest award girls can earn in Girl Scouting, and the highest award attainable at the middle school level. To earn the Girl Scout Silver Award, recipients must complete a leadership project that exceeds 50 hours with a lasting and sustainable impact on her community. The Silver Award helps girls build skills, explore careers, gain leadership skills, while making a commitment to self-improvement.

Girl Scouts prepares girls to make a difference in the world at every age through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience—a collection of engaging, challenging, girl-led activities like earning badges, travelling, exploring science, experiencing the outdoors and completing community service projects. While girls may be exposed to these subjects at school, in other youth programs, or even on their own, Girl Scouts allows her to experience them in a unique way that puts her on a path to a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success.