Since 2001, the third week in January has been observed as Hunt for Happiness Week. This week recognizes the post-holiday blues and encourages everyone to create happy moments throughout their local communities. For one Ballwin, MO Girl Scout troop, they saw an opportunity to spread happiness within their Girl Scout family and the community at large for their Bronze Award Project. The Girl Scout Bronze Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve, allows girls in 4th and 5th grade to team up to make a difference in their community, learn important leadership skills and watch how seemingly small actions make a big difference.
Emily, Jillian, Layla and Noelle held a Care Fair to teach their younger Girl Scouts sisters how they can help others. These young leaders each identified a way to care for their community and then planned a short presentation and activity for their fair. During their Care Fair, the girls led their participants to make blankets for Project Linus, make dog toys for Stray Rescue, do a simulated water clean-up and learn about Stream Teams, and donate soda tabs to Ronald McDonald House. The girls also shared presentations on disability awareness and organizations that help with persons with disabilities and the importance of personal hygiene in limiting the spread of viruses. Finally, the girls designed and produced their own custom patch that each attendee received after the Care Fair.
“We all had different ideas of what we wanted our project to be, but when we put our heads together, we were able to combine them all together,” said Jillian.
“[I wanted to earn the Girl Scout Bronze Award because] it was something new to try and an opportunity to teach others,” said Emily.