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Girl Scouts going for Silver with Wild Wacky Adventures

June 09, 2004|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

SMITHSBURG - With a little effort, most Girl Scouts can earn badges and complete requirements to advance and learn. The trick is to do it with a little panache.

In that spirit, Tara Blacklin and Jenn Bowlus are inviting all girls 5 to 12 years old to join them at Veterans Park in Smithsburg Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Wild Wacky Adventures. They say the event will be fun for the girls who attend and will aid the two cadettes in their quest for their Girl Scout Silver Awards.

The girls, both 14, have been planning and collecting items for arts and crafts projects, sports, games and other hands-on activities exploring the worlds of science and engineering.

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"Ulu Maika is a Hawaiian game that is like bowling, only we'll be doing it with tennis balls and two-liter soda bottles," Tara said.

Jenn said Octopus Tag is a variation on the traditional game except that with each tag, the person tagged must stayed connected to the tagger as they move on to tag up to eight others.

"You just keep grabbing and so on," she said.

The girls came up with the idea, said Gwen Blacklin, the Smithsburg service manager for the Shawnee Girl Scout Council.

"So far, 14 girls are registered for the event," Blacklin said.

The registration fee is $10 for each girl. The fee will cover expenses for the supplies and a tote bag that will be given to each girl.

Jenn and Tara said they have gotten some items for their projects from recycling centers. They also have been saving paper, plastic, construction paper and other items - anything they could be used in a craft.

Maggie Witherbee, the new chief executive officer of the Shawnee Council, said the idea of Girl Scouts working together and in their communities is a key to success for the organization as well as for the girls.

"We have the ability to serve a lot more girls through outreach and recruiting," Witherbee said. "There is a strong sense of pride, plus you get to do neat things."

Some of those neat things that Tara and Jenn are planning include making and flying paper airplanes; relays; and making ice candles, snow globes, foam visors and a sun clock.

"We'll have a film canister containing vinegar and baking soda to make a gas that launches a rocket," Tara said.

Smithsburg donated the use of the park for the event, Blacklin said. Other troops will help serve ice cream.

The Silver Award requires the earning of specified badges and leadership pins and the completion of career projects and 30 hours of community service.

"After June 12, Tara and Jenn will be done with everything except the paperwork," Blacklin said.

For more information or to register for the Saturday event, which will be held rain or shine at Veterans Park in Smithsburg, call 301-791-5686. The park is off Water Street near Smithsburg Town Hall.

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