Westborough Girl Scouts remain active during pandemic

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(l to r) Luna Kusminsky, Amelia Petralia and Delaney Dowd earned their cyber security badge.

Westborough – Though in-person Girl Scout activities are presently suspended, Westborough Girl Scouts have found ways to remain active. Westborough has 25 troops, with girls ranging from kindergarten Daisies to 12th-grade Ambassadors. Many of these troops have continued to meet virtually to earn badges and connect with the community.

Senior Troop 30506 recently completed their “Think like a Programmer Journey.” The girls explored how programmers use computational thinking to solve problems. Using the skills they learned, the girls created a COVID-19 Guide website to benefit their Girl Scout community. The website contains information on how to stay safe and healthy, as well as different activities to keep busy during quarantine. Check it out: https://sites.google.com/view/covid-19-guide/.

Brownie Troop 64883 wrapped up their cookie season by donating cookies to the UMASS
NICU.

Brownie Troop 64883 wrapped up their cookie season by donating cookies to the UMass Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. These girls have also been working to complete a Cybersecurity Badge which teaches them how to use technology safely. They learned not to share personal information or talk to strangers online. 

Junior Troop 30634 has been meeting weekly via Zoom video calls. These girls have been enjoying the social time while also working on badges such as Musician and Outdoor Art Explorer.

Senior Troop 11130 kicked off the year working on the “GIRLtopia Journey” which had the girls develop their vision of an ideal world. As hosts of the annual Girl Scout dance, they began planning and created a GIRL Power inspired dance playlist for their Troupe Performer badge. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 the Girl Scout dance was cancelled but will hopefully be held at a later date. The troop continues to meet via Zoom and has hosted a guest speaker and participated in a virtual scavenger hunt.

Ambassador Troop 30125 has been working on the “Justice Journey.” The girls have investigated global environmental issues and created their own visions for change. In addition, some girls attended Dr. Martha Gach’s presentation, “Talking Local Climate: How You Can Help!” at the library and also helped with the Westborough Earth Day Clean Up.

This year, five Westborough Girl Scouts earned their Gold Award and 13 earned their Silver Award. Gold Award recipients are Holly Carew, Julie Carrier, Vidula Kunte, Carolyn McDermott and Lydia O’Connell. Silver Award recipients are Esther Antony, Zainab Anwar, Emily Bartee, Marieanna Das, Lehna Estes, Cassandra Geng, Annabelle Koshy, Rachel Martin, Katelyn McCarthy, Kayla Niece, Sanjana Pulaparthi, Meredith Swanson and Kimberly Telles. 


Troop leaders (l to r) Lisa Whitney-Scott, Ana Russo and Katie Chiarelli

In addition, three of Westborough’s troop leaders were recently honored with the Volunteer of Excellence Award: Lisa Whitney-Scott, Ana Russo and Katie Chiarelli. Historically award winners are acknowledged at the annual Bridging Ceremony, however, this year the award recipients received flowers and posters delivered to their homes. 

The Girl Scouts’ textile collection drives will resume Saturday, May 30, and continue on the last Saturday of each month at Westborough High School, 90 W. Main St., from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Follow Westborough Girl Scouts Textile Recycling on Facebook for more information.

For more information about Westborough Girl Scouts, email [email protected].