Savannah Ross of Whitehall is working toward a large accomplishment within the Girl Scouts of America. Having obtained her silver award, the highest award a girl scout cadette can earn, Ross is ready to take on the challenge of the gold award.
“I first got my silver award which is the step before the gold award,” she said. “That’s something my troop worked on together and out of the troop, only me and one other girl scout got it and while we were there, I got to see the girls that were earning the gold award and that really inspired me to want to achieve that.”
Ross’s silver award was earned in 2019 and she’s been thinking about the gold award ever since. With fewer than 6% of Girl Scouts earning the honor, Ross is excited about her project o bring animal information to Whitehall. A minimum of 80 hours is suggested to earn the award.
Ross has done more than take part in Girl Scouts through her childhood. In recent years during high school, she has maintained the highest honor through her education career and has been inducted into both the National Honor Society and National English Honor Society.
“She is also a junior member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 83,” said Ross’s mother, Sue Belden-Hurlburt.
Under the list of accomplishments so far, for Ross to obtain the award she must complete a project within the community. The Girl Scouts describe the award as one that gives back to the community.
“The Girl Scout Gold Award is the mark of the truly remarkable—and it’s only available through Girl Scouts! To earn this unique award, Seniors and Ambassadors don’t just change the world for the better, they change it for good by tackling issues dear to their hearts while driving lasting change in their communities and beyond,” the Girl Scouts website states.
For Ross’s project, she is looking to bring more information to the Whitehall community about animals and insects that might be seen within the community. She has been working with rec leader, Genevieve Scott about getting the installment in the rec for a long time.
“It’s going to be more like species like monarch, blue jays, American beavers, and maybe two others,” Ross said.
“Kids when they go to the recreation center, these are animals that they might see while they’re at the playground or in the recreation fields and animals they would see in our area and the facts about them, their habitats, their diet,” Belden-Hurlburt said.
There will be other displays at the rec as well which will offer the opportunity for kids to learn more about the animals in their area and where they might be located in Whitehall.
“Doing at the rec center, there’s a lot of kids that spend their summer there. They go there for free lunches,” Belden-Hurlburt said.
Ross has also been working on the project with Dawn VanDerwarker of Creative DeSIGNS & Concepts.
To help with the funding of Ross’s project, there will be a spaghetti dinner at the Elks Lodge in Whitehall on Thursday, Sept. 23 from 4 to 7 p.m. The meal is $10 a person. The meal can be eaten on site, ordered as take out, or even delivered locally. If there are any questions regarding the event, Sue Belden-Hurlburt can be reached at 518-307-3595.