Girl Scouts Earn Bronze Award

By on September 8, 2015

At Verona's Green Fair, the Girl Scouts demonstrated how to make pet toys from recycled materials.

At Verona’s Green Fair, the Girl Scouts demonstrated how to make pet toys from recycled materials.

Girl Scout Troop 21221 is an ambitious group of girls who have been working to support the community since 2010. When Troop Leader, Susan Hunt, suggested the Juniors set their sights on a Bronze Award this past spring, the girls embraced the challenge. The Bronze Award, which is based on completing a project, is the highest award that a fourth or fifth grade Girl Scout can achieve.
A visit to the Montclair Animal Shelter sealed the idea for the Bronze Award project.

A visit to the Montclair Animal Shelter sealed the idea for the Bronze Award project.


Just four girls strong, this troop was quick to choose a subject they were all passionate about—helping animals. After a trip to the Montclair Animal Shelter, the girls voted to focus their project on making pet toys from re-usable materials. With some research, the Juniors chose some simple home-made toys suitable for cats and dogs. And then the collecting of their pet supplies began: bag after bag of old t-shirts, socks, fleece blankets, toilet paper rolls, and plastic water bottles.
The Girl Scouts donated all their home-made pet toys to Cameron Animal Hospital in Montclair.

The Girl Scouts donated all their home-made pet toys to Cameron Animal Hospital in Montclair.


The troop crafted posters and presentations to promote how all people can help provide love and care for pets and animals living in shelters. Over the course of six weeks, the girls ran workshops at three locations, including the Verona Green Fair, Verona Community Pool, and Verona Summer Playground. At each event, the Juniors set up a table, explained the purpose of the activity, and taught children how to make pet toys and soft mats to take home or donate. In July, the girls visited the Montclair Animal Shelter and Cameron Animal Hospital in Montclair and donated their home-made pet toys, completing the requirements for their Bronze Award: Animal Love.
Troop 21221: (l-r) Ella Mathewson, Carly Renna, troop leader Susan Hunt, Katie Hunt and Olivia Tedesco.

Troop 21221: (l-r) Ella Mathewson, Carly Renna, troop leader Susan Hunt, Katie Hunt and Olivia Tedesco.

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