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Troop 317 Earns the Girl Scout Silver Award


Lily, Girl Scout Cadette

The Girl Scout Silver Award is a very prestigious award, an award that some Girl Scouts don’t take the opportunity to complete. But four girls from my troop, including me, were totally dedicated to earning the Silver Award! We took on the task of building four birdhouses from scratch that will be hung along the Weeki Wachee River in Spring Hill, Florida. We built a tufted titmouse, bluebird, and two wood duck birdhouses to be hung. It was such an amazing experience for all of us. “It was so cool to use power tools,” said Jessica, a member of our Silver Award project group. That’s right! With some help from Mr. Patterson, Sr., the four of us successfully used various tools to aid our construction, such as drills, wood burners, and screwdrivers.

Following blueprints from Cornell Nestwatch, we built our four birdhouses, but not without a few bumps in the road! “We constructed one of the wood duck birdhouses backwards,” recalls Jenna, also a member of our team. “I made the birdhouse spin around the drill!” laughs team member Brenna. And I made a mistake too! I drilled to close to the edge of one of our hole reinforcements, cracking it in half! This proves that you shouldn’t be afraid to try new things and learn from your mistakes.

But you know what wasn’t a mistake? The four of us getting a full sponsorship from our local Lowe’s Home Improvement Store! That means that we didn’t have to pay for any of the supplies we needed to build our birdhouses. The four of us talked to the manager of the story and found out what we needed to do to get that sponsorship. We wrote a formal email and sent it to the manager. A few days later, we got an email back, saying that Lowe’s would pay for all of our supplies, which we had previously priced.     

Finally, we got to hang up our birdhouses! Ms. Cheryl, our project advisor, from the Springs Coast Environmental Education Center took the four of us and our parents out on the Weeki Wachee River to hang up our birdhouses!

It was such a great experience! And of course, I videotaped the whole excursion on my GoPro camera. Jessica and I edited the clips together and created the final result, which I’ve posted on my YouTube channel! Here’s the link if you would like to see the video:

Watch Silver Award Video

Completing our Silver Award was such an amazing experience that I encourage all other Girl Scout Caddettes to try to achieve! Thanks for reading and watching!

-Lily P., Girl Scout Cadette

Bronze. Silver. Gold. represent the highest honors a Girl Scout can earn. Learn more on how you can earn these awards while helping other and giving back to your community!