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Sara Fuller is a Cadette member of the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York (GSNENY) in troop# 1051. On Saturday, August 4, 2012, Sara presented her Take-Action project that earned her the Girl Scout Silver Award at camp Is-Sho-Da in East Greenbush, New York. Her project was creating a ceremony to honor deceased Girl Scouts from GSNENY. The ceremony which started at 1pm, consisted of poems, songs, a flag ceremony, stories about the girls who are no longer with us, and the presentation of the perpetual plaque.

The idea for this project came about when Sara’s mom told her about how one of the Girl Scouts she took to Europe in 1987 died in the Lockerbie plane crash in 1989. A tree was planted at Camp Is-Sho-Da in the honor the girl’s memory. Sara wanted to make sure that all girls who we’ve lost would always be remembered.

The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette (grades 6-8) can earn. It is designed to give girls a chance to show that they are leaders who are organized, determined, and dedicated to improving their community. Girls are required to take the following steps to earn a Girl Scout Silver Award:

1. Go on a Cadette journey.

2. Identify issues you care about.

3. Build your Girl Scout Silver Award team or decide to go solo.

4. Explore your community.

5. Pick your Take Action project.

6. Develop your project.

7. Make a plan and put it into motion.

8. Reflect, share your story, and celebrate.

This project was a labor of love for Sara that began in October, 2010. “I learned that there is a lot of work that goes into a Silver Award project. I also learned that I can’t do this myself. I have needed a lot of help and advice along the way” stated Sara as she described what she learned and gained from her experience.

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