Jemison teen earns Girl Scouts awardBy Emily Beckett Published 7:33pm Friday, December 14, 2012
Kelly Garrett, a freshman at Jemison High School and member of Girl Scouts Troop 340, earned the Girl Scout Silver Award by providing shelving for a younger Girl Scout troop to keep its supplies for meetings.
Previously, the troop had to transport its supplies to and from meetings because it had no storage space.
“In our Girl Scout promise, it says use our resources wisely,” Garrett said. “My dad did help me … but I was the only Girl Scout that did it.”
Garrett, 15, is the daughter of Annette and Derrick Garrett.
Garrett said she repurposed wooden palettes to make the shelves and then installed them in the Girl Scouts hut in Clanton.
Garrett is a senior in Girl Scouts and was a Cadette at the time she earned her Silver Award.
The Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn and symbolizes a member’s accomplishments in Girl Scouting and community activities.
“It’s a big accomplishment,” she said. “I’ve been in Girl Scouts ever since I was in kindergarten. I’ve already got the bronze, the highest award for Junior Girl Scouts. I’ll be working to get my Gold Award next.”
Garrett said the Gold Award requires 60-70 hours of work, including a project similar to her shelving project and a certain amount of community service.
She said she hopes to have it completed within the next two years.
For more information about Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama, call 800-734-4541 or visit girlscoutsnca.org.