Friday, July 6, 2012

Bronze Award project from Troop 40219 in Canby: Donations to the Oregon Humane Society

Thanks to Leah S., Brianna S. and Jenny T. for submitting this Bronze Award Article to GSOSW

Girl Scout Bronze Award Oregon Humane Society Donations
Brianna S. and Jenny T.

The two Junior Girl Scouts began their adventure by meeting with their leaders and brainstorming ideas of what they both had a passion for and decided they wanted to do something with or for animals. 

Their requirement was to complete one Girl Scout journey and they selected “Get Moving”- Energize, Investigate and Innovate which required them to take time at home, in their community and school to learn about saving energy, recycling to include making recycled paper and collecting cans for recycling, methods of transportation and designing new ways for an old area to conserve energy or reuse materials. In addition they were required to complete at a minimum 20 service hours brainstorming, planning, researching and implementing their service project.

Once the girls completed their brainstorming, they decided on contributing to the Oregon Humane Society for Dogs and Cats/kittens since they both have 1 of each animal.  Their project evolved into making “Pet Paks” when they went into the community to ask for donations for their project.  They designed a flyer (each had a part to write) which described their needs for the project consisting of fleece for the pet warmers and food donations.  

The first store they went to was The Pendleton Woolen Mill store and one of the employees taught the girls how to make “Tug Toys” out of recycled materials from the edges of the wool rugs.  Two of the employees donated five lbs. each of recycled materials for the girls to start their project.   The “Tug Toy” was the beginning. Then they went to the Carpet Store and an employee donated fleece material for their Pet Warmers idea (made from 18x18 pieces of fleece material cut and tied into ½ knots around the edges).

 The next stop was Jo-Ann fabrics where again an employee donated fleece material for the project for a total of 100 pet warmers for injured or battered, abused animals brought into the shelter.   

The second area of the girls’ project they agreed on was that if they were going to donate items to the Oregon Humane Society, they would also go to stores to request donations for dog and cat food and kitten formula based on the request from the Humane Society.  The girls went to Wilco in Canby, Coastal in Oregon City, and Animal House Pet store in Oregon City. In addition the collection of soda cans for the recycling portion of the journey project provided them with money to buy additional kitten food.

All in total the girls made 100 pet warmers, 50 tug toys, received in donations or bought 50lbs of dog food, 30 lbs of cat food, 55 cans of wet cat food and 34 ounces of kitten powder/formula.

The presentation to the Oregon Humane Society was on June 10, 2012 in the afternoon to culminate the girls success in completing 20 hours plus of service time on the project and the “Get Moving” journey.

The families of both girls are proud of their focus, their passion for animals and desire to finish the project together as a team and sisters in Girl Scouting.  The Bronze award is the final accomplishment before moving into Cadette Girl Scouting which starts in 6th grade. The girls are members of Troop 40219 in Canby, Oregon. A great accomplishment to end their year together.