Moreland teen earns Girl Scout Silver Award

Moreland teen earns  Girl Scout Silver Award
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Victoria Baker of Moreland has achieved the highest award possible as a Girl Scout Cadet: the Girl Scout Silver Award.

                        

Victoria Baker, daughter of Michelle McClure of Moreland, has achieved the highest award possible as a Girl Scout Cadet: the Girl Scout Silver Award.

The award is the result of many hours of work to put together and install lending library book houses, which were placed at Shreve Elementary, Wooster Township Elementary, and Triway junior and senior high schools.

The idea came about when Baker attended a large GIRL conference in 2017. GIRL stands for Go-Getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader and is the largest girl-centered and girl-led event in the world. Baker has been active in Girl Scouts since kindergarten and has finished eighth grade at Triway Junior High School. The Girl Scout Silver Award recognizes leadership, organization, determination and dedication to community.

Baker is the only Scout in her troop so far to receive both the bronze and silver awards. The bronze award is the highest possible for junior Scouts.

“She’s starting work now on the gold award, which is the highest level a Girl Scout can receive as a senior,” said McClure, who is Baker’s mother and troop leader. “She will be a senior Girl Scout this October.”

The bronze award came after a project in 2016 when she created and maintained The People’s Garden of Wooster, a project where she tilled, planted and harvested her own garden to provide fruit and vegetables to local families in need.

Baker had to see the lending library project through from conception to completion. To begin her lending library project, she wrote to area businesses seeking help with supplies to reduce the cost of the project and received favorable replies and was able to secure donations from Lowe’s of Wooster and Wayne Dalton Door of Mt. Hope.

She used garage door panels to build the small libraries, which presented a problem when she cut them to size: rough edges she feared might present a danger to smaller children.

“I found I had to add metal trim that wrapped the panels’ edges to improve the safety of the book houses,” Baker said.

The whole project took more than 18 months of work. To be awarded the silver award requires at least 50 hours of work. She plans to inspire others to keep the small libraries filled in the future by creating a video to share with the leadership teams at each of the Triway schools.

“Victoria has far exceeded our expectations,” McClure said. “She has gone above and beyond what you would expect from most 14-year-old girls. This girl is a crazy go-getter.”

McClure said her daughter plans to become an architect. “Her grandmother was an architect and her grandfather a construction engineer.”

Meanwhile, she plans to keep going with Girl Scouts.

There are six girls in McClure’s Scout troop, which meets at Westminster Church at the College of Wooster.

For more information about the Girl Scouts, see the website at www.girlscouts.org.

According to the site, the “inclusive, all-female environment of a Girl Scout troop creates a safe space where girls can try new things, develop a range of skills, take on leadership roles and just be themselves.”

Girls may participate in Girl Scouts from age 5-18 and may join at any time.


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