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Girl Scouts Earn Bronze Award Helping Seniors with Memory Conditions


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The Girl Scouts of Troop 30351 recently earned their Girl Scout Bronze Awards. The Bronze Award is the highest award a Girl Scouting Junior can earn, and it prepares girls to work towards their Girl Scout Silver and Gold Awards when older. To earn their Girl Scout Bronze Award, Troop 30351 needed to work as a team to complete a project that would make a difference in our community. 

Troop 30351 has long enjoyed visiting Brightview Greentree Senior Living throughout the years for holidays like Valentine’s Day and Halloween, and they especially enjoyed their visit just before Memorial Day 2018. The girls wanted to do something to contribute to Brightview Greentree, something the residents could enjoy between their visits. 

Through research, the girls learned about memory books, which with the use of clear pictures an captions can help people with memory conditions such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. They learned that memory books can be specific to individuals, or about more general topics so they could be used by multiple people. Some of the girls worked in pairs, and others worked individually to create seven memory books, each with a different theme. The girls and adult volunteers of Troop 30351 hope that their books provide an opportunity for Wellspring Village residents to remember favorite animals, foods, cities, or experiences from their lives, and help them spark conversations with each other and their caregivers. 

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