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Girl Scout earns Gold Award points by planning dance at Reeders home

Mikaela Wesmiller earns highest award in Girl Scouting

February 19, 2012
  • Mikaela Wesmiller holds one of the Coke float glasses she made to give to the attendees of the dance she held at Reeders Memorial Home in Boonsboro to complete the requirements for her Gold Award in Girl Scouts.
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BOONSBORO — Mikaela Wesmiller of Ambassador Girl Scout Troop 40652 from the Pleasant Valley area recently completed the requirements to receive her Gold Award.
 
The award is the highest achievement in Girl Scouting.

For her Gold Award project, she spent more than 80 hours planning and coordinating a dance for the residents at Reeders Memorial Home in Boonsboro.

On Dec. 10,  the nursing home residents, employees and guests gathered in the Joseph Hannah Room dressed in their Sunday best for an event they will remember for years to come. 

Mikaela entertained more than 40 attendees with music and decorations from the past. Everyone in attendance danced, were pushed around in their wheelchairs or swayed back and forth to more than two hours of music that Mikaela selected from the early 1940s through the late 1970s. 

Mikaela has always had a love for that era of music and spent hours listening to music in order to pick the tunes to play for the event. 

She wanted to create the decorations herself, so she decided on Coke float glasses made to look like the old-fashioned ice cream floats that were bought at drive-ins and soda fountains in that era.

Mikaela also decorated the tables with 1950s-style rubber ducks decked out in vintage clothing that were given to each attendee before they left the dance so they would have a memento. 

Other decorations included a blow-up jukebox, and plastic records and streamers hanging everywhere. Food and drinks rounded out the afternoon to make it a very enjoyable event. 

To add to the excitement of the dance and since the holiday season was near, the residents and guests were treated to having their pictures taken beside a Christmas tree.

The photography services were courtesy of one of the many volunteers that Mikaela lined up to help her with the event.
 
Some of the other volunteers included Mikaela’s friends, fellow Girl Scouts and their families. 

After the dance, Mikaela had the photos developed and made frames to hold each of the attendees’ pictures.

The frames were given to each of the nursing home residents and guests as a keepsake from the dance.

Mikaela also made a small photo album that included the pictures taken that day.

This was given to the activities director at the nursing home as a remembrance of the day. Mikaela hopes the nursing home will keep the event going for the residents in the years to come.

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