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Several Chadron Girl Scouts started the New Year running! On Jan. 12, the second and third grade Brownie Troops had a sleepover at the Chadron United Methodist Church to earn their W.O.W. (World of Water) Journey, Sense patch, Girl Scout Way patch, and a couple requirements for their Snacks patch. With help from eight older Girl Scouts (Kyra Kubo, Kenzie Pourier, Aspen Graves, Kourtney Hawk, Mazey Murdock, Brook Herman, Elizabeth Harrison and Hayley Chipperfield) and leader Teena Redfern, the girls learned about rainbows, how to use water properly, and about how other people in the world have to go to greater lengths to get water for their use. Each patch that the girls earned have five requirements to complete. Those earning the Journey and patches were Makaelyn Youngman, Sarah Carrick, Riah Fisher, Khushi Chaudhari, Delaney Jennings, Kylie Mattmiller, and Kadence Fisher.

On Jan. 18, 18 Girl Scouts and their families attended the CSC Women’s Basketball game. Before the game each girl made posters to cheer the players on during the game, and then after the game the girls had the players autograph their posters. Girl Scouts attending were Makaelyn Youngman, Abby Jamison, Hannah Jamison, Rhaedyn Rising, Gillian Conway, Lillie Allen, Riah Fisher, Kyra Kubo, Kylie Mattmiller, Khushi Chaudhari, Torisha Chaudhari, Addisyn Parks, Joclynn Bohnenkamp, Brook Herman, Sarah Carrick, Delaney Jennings, Norah Shields, and Kadence Fisher.

January 28th brought Artventure, an annual event held at CSC Memorial Hall. This event celebrates creativity and collaboration where small groups of girls are matched up with a professional artist in their community. Together they create a piece of art to be sold in March at the Artventure auction to benefit Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska. Girls also make a small piece of artwork to take home. This year’s topics were Fiber Painting taught by Whitney Tewahade, Watercolor taught by McKensi Webel, Charcoal taught by Kevin Kubo, Mixed Media Sculpture taught by Travis Hencey, and Digital Photography taught by Teena Redfern. Chadron Girl Scouts who participated in this event were Kyra Kubo, Kourtney Hawk, Renee Redfern, Brook Herman, Elizabeth Harrison, Sarah Carrick, Delaney Jennings, Hannah Jamison, Gillian Conway, Abby Jamison, Kylie Mattmiller, Kadence Fisher, and Norah Shields.

February 2nd brought the start of the annual Girl Scout Cookies Sales! The girls sold cookies for five weeks to include setting up cookie booths at local businesses such as Wal-Mart and Big Bat’s. It was once again a great year of sales for area Girl Scouts with 27 girls selling a total of eight 420 boxes of cookies. Service Unit Director Amy Hawk donated the leftover 30 cases of cookies not sold through the cookie cupboard to the Chadron Public Schools After School Program, and the Daisies and Brownies (K-3rd Grades) donated their Gift of Sharing boxes to local veterans. Gift of Sharing are boxes of cookies customers bought to be used as a donation to a program of the Girl Scout Troops choice.

On Feb. 10, 4th-12th Grade Girl Scouts traveled to Alliance United Methodist Church to participate in the annual program favorite Cupcake Wars. This is an annual event with a theme, this year’s was “Box of Chocolates,” where Scouts are divided into teams and paired up with an adult baker to guide the girls in creating their own cupcakes. These cupcakes are then judged by a panel of judges based on taste, creativity, originality, and display. Chadron Girl Scouts participating in this event were Kyra Kubo, Kourtney Hawk, Mayzie Murdock, Gillian Conway, Hannah Jamison, Elizabeth Harrison, Brook Herman, and Renee Redfern. After Cupcake Wars Kourtney Hawk, Mayzie Murdock, Kyra Kubo, Elizabeth Harrison, Brook Herman, and Renee Redfern stayed for the GSAG sleepover. These girls made book wreaths out of recycled books and cardboard, ate pizza, did Zumba, giggled lots, and slept on the floor.

On Feb. 25, leader Teena Redfern organized K-4 grade Girl Scouts to earn their Faith pin. This requires the girls to choose one line of the Girl Scout Law and find stories or songs from their faith with the same ides, find a woman in the community that uses that line of the Law in their life, gather three inspirational quotes, make something to remind them what they’ve learned and keep the connection strong by talking to family or friends about what they learned. Those participating were Kylie Mattmiller, Delaney Jennings, Kadence Fisher, and Norah Shields.

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On March 10, several girls traveled to Scottsbluff for the annual event Scouting for the Cure. Girls wore pink t-shirts and visited several booths learning about breast cancer and putting together Chemo Care Kits for local people battling cancer. Those in attendance included leaders Amy Hawk, Teena Redfern, Wendy Jamison, Nadina Kubo, and Jolene Conway, and Girl Scouts Kourtney Hawk, Mayzie Murdock, Kyra Kubo, Elizabeth Harrison, Kadence Fisher, Abby Jamison, Renee Redfern, Hannah Jamison, Gillian Conway.

All of these activities have been on top of the girls regularly scheduled meetings with some Troops meeting every other week to work on Journey and patch requirements. The annual end of year Bridging Ceremony will be at the Chadron Catholic Church April 22 from 1-3 p.m. Girls will receive end of year awards with many girls bridging to the next level. This year several girls will also be receiving their Bronze or Silver Awards. The public is invited to attend.

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