Clemson Girl Scout Junior Troop earns Bronze award for kindness

The fifth grade grade Junior Girl Scouts of Troop #2851 include Anna Brooks-Knepfle, Shelby Robinson, Sallie Dekle, Caroline Ward, Haylie Ficklin, Sydney Weeks, Kayla Fireovid, Emily Williams and Robin Weeks, Leader.

CLEMSON — Girl Scout Junior Troop #2851,a girl scout troop of fifth graders from Clemson and Central Elementary Schools have been working together for two years to earn the Bronze Award.

The Bronze Award is the highest honor a Junior Girl Scout can achieve.  The Bronze Award can only be earned as a group award; the girls must demonstrate leadership skills and a commitment to helping others and improving their communities.  Each girl must complete a minimum of 20 hours on the project to earn the Bronze Award.

The troop has been guided by the Girl Scout Promise and the Girl Scout Law and the overarching theme – “It’s Your World – Change It”.

Some of the steps the troop have taken together include: completing a Junior Journey, building our Girl Scout Junior Team, exploring our community,  choosing our Bronze Award project, making a plan, putting our plan in motion, and spreading the word.

The troop decided to make a positive change in thier community by spreading kindness through words, action and education. The troop talked about the many ways people can be kind.  The girls created posters, on display at the Clemson-Central library through March, to highlight and communicate these various ways to show kindness: Be kind to ourselves – It all starts with us.  We can’t treat others kindly if we can’t be kind to ourselves. Be kind to others. Be kind to the environment. Be kind to animals. Be the community kind – Get involved.

The troop is taking action in numerous ways to create a positive change.  They are showing kindness to animals and our community by packing pet kits for new owners of rescue dogs, including instructions on how to be a good pet owner.

The Troop will donate and deliver these kits to the Foothills Humane Society.  They are demonstrating kindness to others, by adopting and supporting a special second grade class at Clemson Elementary School.  In addition, they are communicating and educating others to do similar acts of kindness.  The kindness “bug” is contagious.