Girl Scouts restore nature center


By Dan Domsic

With the help of the community, Girl Scout Troop 2757 – Fishers Service Unit, worked together to restore Cumberland Road Elementary’s nature center.

Including members of the unit, 30 adult volunteers and 65 youth volunteers worked together on May 4 to make the project a reality. The unit is primarily comprised of fourth-grade Cumberland Road Elementary students.

The project was an effort to earn the Bronze Award, which goes to junior troops that come up with and carry out a community service project, according to Beth Garrison, Troop 2757 leader.

“(In November) the girls put together a proposal and a budget and a presentation for the United Way,” Garrison said.

Troop 2757 was able to secure a $468 grant from the United Way’s Youth as Resources program for the project.

Garrison said the Troop had to decide what items were able to be cut from the project in case, and because, the full dollar amount wasn’t granted.

“A key part of Girl Scouting, too, is learning how to work together as a group, give back to the community,” Garrison said. “It’s not all cookies, crafts and camping anymore.”

“It was kind of hard, because we had to figure out if we don’t get all the money what things we’re going to have to cut,” Abigail Garrison, troop member and Beth’s daughter, said. “And if we do get all the money if we can still use all the stuff that we paid (for) or (if) we won’t have enough time.”

“The school got really excited about it,” Beth said.

While the project is still not finished, major components were achieved, including moving 15 cubic yards of mulch, weeding and more, according to Beth.

The troop visited the site twicebefore May 4 to work.


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