By Future Brown, Herald Democrat
Four junior Girl Scouts were working to complete their bronze award project Saturday. As a way to generate goods for the Denison Animal Welfare Group, Secret Parker, Jessica Goodman, Emma Connor, and Kristine Hutchison held an informational and hands-on community service project aiming to teach other girl scouts about the importance of proper pet care.
“The bronze award is the highest award that a junior Girl Scout can receive,” scout leader Sandra Hess said. “It is like community service on steroids. Community service is a service done for an organization. A bronze award is teaching others about community service while also doing community service.”
From beginning to end, it will take the girls 20 hours to receive their bronze award.
“The Brownies are earning a pets badge,” Hess said. “Each girl took on one portion of the badge to concentrate on at their stations.”
About 25 girls attended the event. To participate, each girl was required to bring an item to donate to the shelter.
Jessica, 11, was in charge of the first station. The Brownies and others attending were given a pamphlet with information about caring and feeding pets. Jessica had designed the cover.
“Poodles are my favorite type of dog,” she said. “It is very important that I remember to feed my poodle. That is why I wanted to work at this station.”
Kristine, 10, and her mother helped the girls make dog beds out of fabric and cotton. The beds will be donated to the animal shelter.
“Dogs want a place to sleep and be comfortable,” she said. “If your parents say that you can have a pet, it is important to help take care of them or else you will not be able to keep it.”
Emma, 9, showed the other girls how to make cat toys using felt and string. The girls made one cat toy and one dog toy. One of the toys each participant made will be donated to the shelter.
“Playing with your cat is important because it is not nice to just leave them there and not play with them,” she said.
Secret, 10, was responsible for going to DAWG and finding out what the organization needed, as well as, making a flyer to hand out.
“I thought it would be great to help the pets that have no owner,” she said. “... They need nutrition. It is important to teach others these things in case they ever get pets of their own. They need to know how to take care of them.”
Girl Scouts, Hess said, is all about leadership.
“These girls love animals,” she said. “When I asked what they wanted to do or who they wanted to help, it was unanimous that it was about pets. Since DAWG is a no-kill shelter and they actively work to find homes for animals, the girls just fell in love with the project.”