Pictured from the left are Janey Erdkamp, Katilyn Vavra, Hannah Beethe, Tara Mueller, and Macy Due at their Bronze Award Ceremony.
Hannah Beethe, Macy Due, Janey Erdkamp, Josie Hulse, Tara Mueller, and Kailtlyn Vavra, the Girl Scouts in Troop 390, in Exeter, NE completed the requirements for a Junior Girl Scout’s highest award, the Girl Scout Bronze Award in June of 2011. A recognition ceremony was held for them on October 23, 2011 at the Exeter Fire Hall with their families, principal, and teachers invited to help them celebrate.
The Girl Scout Bronze Award recognizes a girl’s commitment to excellence as she develops skills and values to meet present and future challenges in her life. Each of these girls has achieved the high ideals and goals expressed by Juliette Gordon Low, who founded the Girl Scout movement in 1912. To earn the Bronze Award each girl needed to complete a Journey book and volunteer at least 20 hours on a service project for the Exeter community.
This Girl Scout troop began working toward their Girl Scout Bronze Award in September, 2010 and finished in June, 2011. To earn the award, they had to design and carry out activities to show their promise to help others, improve their community and world, and become the best they could be. To complete the requirement for volunteer community service, the girls volunteered at Lori Ruhl Walford’s benefit which was held in the Exeter-Milligan Public School gym. They also planned, donated, purchased, prepared, and delivered complete homemade meals to five families in the Exeter community that were dealing with cancer. This project was one they decided as a group that they were interested in working on together.
The girls are all students of Exeter-Milligan Public School. Due is currently a 5th grader and Beethe, Erdkamp, Hulse, Mueller, and Vavra are 6th graders. Macy’s parents are Travis and Sherri Due of Cordova. Josie’s parents are Roxy Hulse of Exeter and Billie Hulse of York. Hannah’s parents are Mark and Jane Beethe; Janey’s parents are Paul and Becky Erdkamp; and Tara’s parents are John and Anita Mueller all of Exeter. Kaitlyn’s parents are Alan and Carrie Vavra of Milligan.