Two members of Girl Scout Troop 1155 in Oxford, Catherine King and Michelle Hoover, have earned the Girl Scout Silver Award.The Silver Award is the second highest award in Girl Scouting. To earn the award, the Scouts were required to complete four "Interest Projects," Two Studio 2B Focus Books, complete 15 hours of leadership and complete a final Silver Award project which required a minimum of 40 additional hours.
For her project, King created a resource center at the Oxford Youth Cabin. Over the years, many individuals and organizations have donated items to the Girl Scouts; however, many of the items had become disorganized. King's project involved cataloging the existing items and organizing them into a storage area at the Youth Cabin. She also created a booklet detailing all of the items that are available. The booklet was then given to all Girl Scout Leaders in the Oxford Service Unit.
"All of the people who use the Scout Cabin will benefit from my Silver Project because the leaders will have materials available to help them, said King. "New leaders can save money by using community supplies," she said. "Hopefully people will continue to donate things which can be put into a common catalogue and given to leaders," said King.
Hoover's project was to research, create and lead a walking tour of historical downtown Oxford. In addition, she created a brochure highlighting the historical significance of the downtown area. The brochures were distributed to the library, local realtors, the Oxford Area Senior Center and other locations, including King's Resource Center at the Youth Cabin.
"I found it to be interesting that three U.S. presidents and other famous people have visited Oxford, since we are such a small town," said Hoover. "It is also interesting how Oxford has changed over the years. I selected this project because I am interested in Oxford's history," she said.
King is the daughter of Laura and Peter King, of Oxford. She is a ninth grade student at Bishop Shanahan High School.
Hoover is the daughter of Debra and Jon Hoover, of Lincoln University. She is a night grade student at Oxford Area High School.
Both girls have been members of Troop 1155 since they were in kindergarten.