Scouts bridge to new levels


Kaylee Morgan, left, 7, of Sidney, daughter of Joshua and Kristen Morgan, looks down into a mirror after being spun around by Daisy Scout Troop Leader Kerry Keiser, of Sidney. The mirror ritual was part of Kaylee’s bridging from a Daisy to a Brownie at a Girl Scout ceremony for Troops 20319 and 20690 at Tawawa Park, Sunday, June 7.

Anna Henry, 10, of Houston, daughter of Shawn and Jill Henry, crosses a bridge as she becomes a Cadet Girl Scout Cadet in Tawawa Park Sunday, June 7.

SIDNEY — Members of Girl Scout Troop 20690 and of Daisy Troop 20319 bridged to the next level of scouting during ceremonies Sunday in Tawawa Park.

Both troops meet at the Sidney First United Methodist Church.

Junior Scouts who became Cadettes were Nancy Beard, Laurel Chalfant, Dakota Evans, Brooke Fogt, Olivia Harger, Kirsten Helman, Cora Hernandez, Elizabeth Hummel, Emma Hurley, Azreal King, Nona King, Carly Pike, Abigail Ragan, Lenna Rowland, Nicole Siegel, Halee Studebaker and Juliette VanHook, all of Sidney; Laura Campbell, of St. Paris; and Aurora DeLong, Anna Henry, Laura Knapke, Kalee Knasel, Trinity Patterson and Allison Sharp, all of Houston.

The girls who bridged from Daisies to Brownies were Rylei Blankenship, Colleen Chalfant, Ava Daniel, Alyssa Diener, Kiana Huckleby, Mikayla Huckleby, Libby Hurley, Molly Keiser, Mackenzie LeMaster, Kaylee Morgan, Madisyn Palmer, ELizabeth Smedley, Kenzington Tipps and Lauren Westgerdes, all of Sidney.

During the ceremonies, Laurel Chalfant, Evans, Fogt, Harger, Henry, Hernandez, Hummel, Emma Hurley, Pike, Ragan, Rowland, Siegel and VanHook were presented with the Bronze Award, the highest award a Junior Girl Scout can receive. It is the first of three steps girls take to earn a Gold Award, equivalent to the Boy Scout Eagle. Earning the awards took two years for each girl. The 13 scounts completed a “Get Moving Journey” unit, community service including energy conservation and a project in which they created cat beds from Girl Scout Cookie cases to qualify for the awards. The cat beds will be donated to the Shelby County Animal Shelter.

The leaders of the Junior troop, Kerry Keiser, Liz Fogt, Misty McCabe, Jill Henry and Christina Campbell, helped the 24 members earn numerous badges. The girls learned about bullying, too: how to deal with it when they are bullied and what to do if they see someone else being bullied.

Daisy leaders were Keiser, Shelly Smedley and Lisa Phillips. Their troop earned their Daisy Petals and completed the “Five Flowers, Four Stories, Three Cheers for Animals! Journey,” culminating with a trip to Columbus Zoo and the animal shelter.