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As Girl Scouts, we always work to serve our community

Kidsday reporters Ava Zeledon, left, Anna Milton and

Kidsday reporters Ava Zeledon, left, Anna Milton and Juliette Kearns earned the Girl Scouts Bronze Award for their mentoring program. Credit: Valerie Hanley

Famous for delicious cookies and trademark vests, Girl Scouts are vital members of all communities from kindergarten until they are seniors in high school. Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors all work to better society.

Girl Scouts are eligible for three major awards; Juniors earn the bronze, Cadettes achieve the silver, and Seniors accomplish the gold award. Last year, we attained our Bronze Award through a program we called Big Sister. We mentored younger girls in our school, helping them understand that someone small can make a great difference.

Our other projects mostly revolve around Bishop Ryan Village, a senior community behind St. Rosalie’s Church in Hampton Bays. We visit on holidays such as All Saints’ Day and hand out gifts to each unit. During Christmas, we host a party for the seniors. We prepare meals, bring games and make crafts with them. In fact, most of our meetings and activities involve crafts we prepare for others. Also during Christmastime, we participate in Samaritan’s Purse’s Operation Christmas Child, packaging shoe boxes containing games, toys and other presents to be shipped overseas to children in need.

Recently our troop (705) participated in a breathing exercise. We relieved stress and connected with each other while tying it all into a science experiment.

Being a Girl Scout means sacrifice for others, courage in yourself and kindness toward the Earth.

Valerie Hanley’s seventh-grade class, Our Lady of the Hamptons Regional Catholic School, Southampton

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