Four members of Girl Scout Troop 50244 received Gold Awards, the highest award in Girl Scouting, during a ceremony on June 2 in Minneapolis.
Allison Nolden, Abigail Peltier, Cellea Osterbauer and Hannah Nolan completed their projects last fall, focusing on Ashton Park in Wyoming. After the projects were finished, the girls held a park safety camp for kids.
Nolden rebuilt two picnic tables and added a bench. She recoated the metal bases of the tables, replaced the wood of the benches and tabletops, and added a matching bench to the park near the play area. For the camp, Nolden showed healthy snacks that kids could bring to the improved park.
Peltier planted hostas and mulch to make the park look tidier. She also added a port-a-potty to the park with a shelter around it. (The park has no public restroom.) At the camp, Peltier planted flowers and taught kids about gardening.
Osterbauer renovated the wooden border around the playground. The previous park border was green, with rotting wood. She also built and installed a new park sign, replacing one that was cracked and had chipping paint. During the camp, Osterbauer taught the children about safe park practices.
Nolan sifted the debris from the sandbox. She also built a footbridge for better access into the park. The footbridge makes it easier for bikes and strollers to cross the culvert in front of the park. At the camp, Nolan led interactive activities that taught the kids what can and cannot be recycled, and also focused on park cleanliness.