Valley Girl Scout Troop 501 is busy this holiday season with service projects to help their community. The purpose of the Girl Scout organization is to give the girls leadership opportunities, help the girls develop skills to better themselves, and encourage the girls to use these skills to better their communities. 

Elora Williams is working on her Silver Award this year. The Silver Award is a project developed by the girl, and involves organizing a service project for the community and educating the community on needs that everyone can work together to fill.

Elora explained, “My mom told me that people in the hospital can’t have a lot of visitors right now. I thought that would be really sad if you were a kid in the hospital and couldn’t have people come see you. I bet they feel really bored, but also lonely. I thought if I could collect fun things for the kids to do while in the hospital, then they could feel loved and remembered.”

Elora put up flyers and collaborated with Valley High School, Valley Elementary School, and Red Rock Dance Studio to set up collection points for toys, games, coloring books and handmade blankets. The community really came through and donated far more than Elora was expecting. She was pleased to present many boxes full of fun items to the Kane County Hospital for them to use for their patients in the coming months. 

Madalyn Tait is working on her Bronze Award this year. It is also an award centered on serving the community. Madalyn worked together with the girls in her troop to make activity kits for the retirement home at Garfield County Hospital in Panguitch. The girls each prepared kits that can be taken to the residents so they will have fun activities to do. The residents are not allowed visitors at this time, and Madalyn wanted them to have something fun to do during these hard times. 

“The girls really came through with wonderful ideas to serve their communities. They have such compassion for others during these hard times that have come with the pandemic. I am so proud of them for working hard to help others. They really embody the purposes of Girl Scouts and I can see how they inspire people in the community to help,” said Troop Leader Carol Chapman. 

Girl Scout Troop 501 is also currently sponsoring a food drive, together with Valley Elementary School, with the goal of filling the shelves of the Valley Care and Share during this holiday season. They are hoping to collect a lot of food this year, as there is a higher need. 

The girls in the troop, Madalyn and Emily Tait, Marion and Elora Williams, and Dakota Cracraft have found joy and friendship as they have worked together to serve their community. During this Thanksgiving season, I am grateful for the example of these girls who are living up to the attributes they strive for in the Girl Scout Law, “I will do my best to be friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and strong… make the world a better place and be a sister to every girl scout.”