High School Girls Scouting for Change
By Drake MacFarlane, Staff Writer/Student
The common image of Girl Scouts: An activity for little girls, doing craft projects, singing, and selling cookies. That’s a misconception, for many of those girls continue in the Scouts throughout high school and do service projects that promote wellness and leadership.
This year in particular, there are more Girl Scouts graduating here than ever before.
Girl Scouts is girl led or in other words, each troop of girls determines what they shall do. Some are dedicated to service projects, others to camping, some to travel, etc. In the case of travel, the Scouts finance it themselves through their cookie sales.
Oregon City Girl Scouts have participated in many service projects sponsored by Oregon Humane Society, Children’s Book Bank, Habitat for Humanity, and many more.
The highest awards for Girl Scouts are the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards. Each award is related to a specific age bracket, and get progressively harder to earn. The Gold Award is available for high schoolers.
There are 21 Oregon City High School girls in the scouts, many of whom have earned their Bronze and Silver Awards, with some working towards a Gold Award.
For their awards, some Girl Scouts have worked on addressing the needs of senior citizens, some have pushed health and wellness, while others have addressed girl leadership, self esteem, literacy, and human trafficking.
To earn a Gold Award, a Girl Scout must spend at least 80 hours on the project, which is service based, and have the project continue on without them. In effect, they have to create a self-propagating service project.
This year, Teryan Brown and Mackenzie Miller, seniors, earned their Gold Award.
Teryan Brown organized a club fair for incoming freshmen and held various seminars about how to survive and thrive in high school.
“The best part about Girl Scouts is being able to do things for the community, but with friends you’ve known,” said Brown, a scout since third grade.
Mackenzie Miller held domestic violence awareness seminars and raised money for victims through donations.
“It’s a really good opportunity for girls to get involved,” said Miller, a scout since kindergarten.