The Bronze Award is a leadership adventure and the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve. Girls must focus on something they care about that they would like to improve within their local community
The girls from Northeastern New York Girl Scout Service Unit 136 (East Greenbush/ Schodack) Troop 1474 and Troop 1044 wanted to help children in their area. They examined their community and learned about the Children’s hospital at Albany Medical Center. To fulfill their take action project portion of the Bronze Award, which required a minimum of 20 hours of work per girl, the girls chose to create a reading program for the children at the hospital. The picked the Geronimo Stilton book series. They created work sheets, coloring sheets, craft activities and even a board game to go along with the books. The girls agreed it would be awful to have to stay in a hospital with little to do. The hospitals’ two play rooms have toys and crafts available through donations like the girl Scouts Bronze Project. The girls encourage others to donate new toys or games to the hospital.
The girls worked to raise awareness of the needs of the children at the hospital and encourage others to help. “Please donate some new toys or games and not just at Christmas” the girls said
The girls worked with a women owned business in their community, Good Buy Books, and received donations for their project. Lynne Catelotti, owner of Good buy books, was a Girl Scout too!