It was a busy year for Sunol's three Girl Scout
troops. Cadette Troop 2957 was excited to attend Camporee over
Memorial Day weekend at Camp Royaneh near Cazadero because this
was to be the first year they would be able to participate in
a canoeing adventure on the Russian River. They even trekked
out to Del Valle Lake to practice canoeing for the big event,
but just a few days before the trip, organizers cancelled the
canoeing due to high water levels and swift currents on the
river. The parents were relieved that the organizers were being
cautious but the girls were a little disappointed. In lieu of
the canoeing trip the girls were able to participate in archery
and they opened the usually closed swimming pool to the Cadettes
This year's theme was "Treasures of the Caribbean"
and among lots of fun workshops, the scouts learned orienteering
skills such as tying nautical knots, using a compass and working
a sextant, which is a navigational instrument.
Attending the event from Troop 2957 were Nicola Barnes, Becca
Brown, Caitlin Carter, Jessica Christian, Stasia Hylas, Hayley
Nielsen, Chelsea Whiteside and troop leaders Lori Nielsen and
Victoria Barnes. "We had a great time, it was very inspiring
to see the Cadettes and Seniors so together", said Victoria.
Brownie Troop 1026 attended Camporee as well. The troop provided
materials to make Caribbean hand and foot jewelry and made parrot
SWAPS. Attending scouts were Paige Arcieri, Bessie Barnes, Brooke
Bowling, Sara Brown, Kelsey Corcoran, Erin Heckman, Kaitlyn
Lipman, Eva Madden and Troop Leader, Cathy Morris and parent
volunteer Lisa Arcieri. "A good time was had by all",
And just a few days later on June 1, girls from Troop 1026 bridged
from Brownie Girl Scouts to Junior Girl Scouts. The bridging
ceremony took place at the Sunol Community Park.
The bridging Brownies were third graders: Paige Arcieri, Bessie
Barnes, Brooke Bowling, Sara Brown, Kelsey Corcoran, Kaitlyn
Lipman and Eva Madden; and second graders Hunter Beck, Lizzy
Hargiss, and Erin Heckman. Cathy said, "Our one first grade
member, Kamie Lipman, who is not eligible to bridge, received
a special award of a bracelet to celebrate her sunny disposition
and helpful attitude".
The girls walked across the footbridge into the park and were
welcomed to the next level of girl scouting by members of Troops
2921 and 2957. The Cadettes helping with the ceremony were Nicola
Barnes, Becca Brown, Caitlyn Carter, Jessica Christian, Hayley
Nielson, Emily Madden, and Athena Eberle. Girls Scout Leaders
present were: Cathy Morris, Victoria Barnes, Lori Nielson, Diana
Madden and Helen Eberle.
Junior Troop 2921 members Becca Brown, Danika Beard, Mary Chambers,
Athena Eberle, Bola Gbadebo, Alexa Hylas, Emily Madden and Katelyn
Merrill, who officially bridged to Cadettes last May, have completed
the badge related activities leading up to their Bronze Award.
The Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest award a Junior Girl
Scout can earn.
The girls worked on projects related to the community and by
making box meals for low-income students in Livermore and for
residents of Dublin and at Open Heart Kitchen in Livermore.
The girls were required to spend at least 15 hours working towards
their Bronze Award and this included planning and brainstorming
The girls earned Food Power, Model Citizen and My Community
badges, earned their Junior Leadership Award and Junior Aid
Troop 2921 Leaders, Helen Eberle and Diana Madden could not
have done all these activities without the help of some of the
parents; they would like to give special thanks to Victoria
Barnes, Barbara Egbert, Cathy Morris, Karen Newcomb and Lori
Nielsen for their assistance during the busy scouting year.
IMPORTANT--Don't forget the joint meeting tonight of Save Our
Sunol, Alameda Creek Alliance and Stop the Dump in Sunol at
7:00 p.m. in the Sunol Glen School Auditorium.