Five Touchstone Students Earn Girl Scout Silver Award–Highest Cadette Scouting Award
Congratulations to our OSP students, Kelly, Amanda, Lydia, Sarah, and Emma, all members of Girl Scout Troop 30398, who recently earned the Girl Scout Silver Award. The Sliver Award is the highest award in Cadette Girl Scouting.
The girls, under the direction of troop leaders Sharon Borg and Lisa Walden, spearheaded a community service project benefiting the nonprofit organization Healing Horses–an organization that rescues, rehabilitates, fosters, and places horses with new owners. Their work included designing a website for Healing Horses and creating materials, such as banners, brochures, and quilted note cards. The scouts worked through Letter Perfect Farm, which is run by Touchstone family Kelli, Robert, and Lydia Mason.
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Local Girl Scouts Help “Healing Horses”
How much do you know about the plight of abandoned horses in our country? Want to learn more about these animals? Just ask a member of Mendon Girl Scout Troop 30398. These eight girls learned plenty as they set out to earn their Silver Award, the highest award a Cadette Scout can earn.
Kelly Borg, Amanda Godowski, Kelcey Klaya, Lydia Mason, Emily Perry, Sarah Walden, Emily Waldman, and Emma Wright have been troop members since kindergarten. Over the years, all of them have shared a passion for animals, so the easiest part of the project was choosing a topic — animals! The girls just needed to decide which animals and find a way they could help. To earn a Silver Award, troop members also had to develop a timeline, choose an advisor, and each member had to complete at least 50 hours of community service.
The troop chose to partner with the nonprofit organization Healing Horses, an organization that rescues and helps non-profit horse rescues, such as NEER North, CANTER, and Bright Futures Farm Rescue, by fostering the horses they have rescued. They also run community outreach programs at Letter Perfect Farm, so that people who love horses and want to spend time with them can do so without the financial burden of actually owning them. Horse rescues are important organizations because they go to horse auctions and buy the horses that are bound for slaughter in Mexico and Canada. In those countries, people eat horse meat, but this is very bad because horses here in America are generally injected with medicines that help them be better athletes, but are known to cause cancer if digested. The troop has designed a website for Healing Horses, started a blog on that site, and worked hard to educate the community about this worthy cause. Troop members gathered Saturday afternoons at Letter Perfect Farm, Inc. in Uxbridge, where the Healing Horses programs are held. While there, the troop learned how much work is involved with running a farm and caring for the horses. The girls participated in all of the community programs that HH offers, and also mucked the stalls, cleaned the hay loft, and painted the aisle of the barn. The troop had an opportunity to hear about Daisey, the first horse HH had bought out of an auction and saved, who has been adopted by a wonderful family who loves her dearly, and the troop got to meet Greg, a horse that HH is fostering from a rescue. Greg was delivered to HH with shipping fever, from which he almost died, and with a foot so poorly taken care of that he could barely walk. However, after a year of specialized shoeing by Bryan Fraley, an equine podiatrist from KY, and Tim O’Brian, Letter Perfect Farm’s resident farrier, Greg is now being ridden under saddle and will be available for adoption soon.
The girls also attended some horse shows where they worked to educate the public about Healing Horses. Some Troop members printed note cards and baked horse treats for each horse show, while others created posters explaining the work of the organization. The Troop designed and stitched a banner that Healing Horses can continue to use at other community events. The girls worked together to develop a website to showcase Healing Horses. The site is great for all ages and has lots of interesting facts about the organization. Kids will enjoy the coloring pages and games, while adults can read the blog describing the plight of the horses as well as the fun the girls had working alongside the them. To learn more, please visit www.healinghorseslpf.com