As Girl Scouts across eastern Missouri look for new ways to participate in the Girl Scout experience, one troop moved online to meet their needs due to busy schedules and middle and high school activities. In 2019, this troop took matters into their own hands to generate a positive change in their neighborhood and earned their Girl Scout Silver Award—all while staying virtually-connected.

The Girl Scout Silver Award requires determination, communication, time management and a desire to make a difference. This distinguished award challenges Girl Scout Cadettes, girls in grades sixth through eighth, to change the world and solve a community issue. Gracie, Natalie and Kayla from Troop 3778 worked together to collect donated clothing to make into dog beds. After researching the best ways to make beds and learning that stuffing can sometimes be harmful to dogs, these young change-makers organized a clothing drive to gather T-shirts and blankets. The girls then began hand sewing more than 70 beds. Afterward, the girls donated the beds to local animal shelters, including 5 Acres Animal Shelter. Thanks to these bold leaders’ hard work, they provided comfort to dogs awaiting adoption and supported the environment by reusing old materials.

When Girl Scout Cadettes who focus on an issue they care about, learn the facts, and take action to make a difference, these young go-getters gain the confidence and skills that will catapult them to lifelong success. Earning the Girl Scout Silver Award is just one of the amazing things girls can do as part of Girl Scouts.

Next Steps

Silver Award Girl Scouts have grit—they’re not just changing the world; they’re changing it for the better! If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Silver Award Girl Scout, please contact Jessica Illert, Older Girl Program Manager, at jillert@girlscoutsem.org.