Onekama Girl Scouts working toward Gold Award

Members of Onekama Girls Scouts Troop 10406 of Michigan Shore to Shore organized a “Lock In” to promote positive values as they work to earn their Gold Awards.

Self Esteem, personality types, crafts, games, line dancing.

What do all of these items have in common? It’s sisterhood and recently, five Onekama High School juniors organized a “Lock In” to foster and create a strong sisterhood among girls at Onekama Schools.

The five members of Troop 10460 of Girls Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore are getting closer to begin work on their Gold Award. This “Lock In” was a prerequisite to their bigger goal of earning their gold award.

The five girls created a flyer to entice the girls at Onekama Schools to join the evening of events. They invited girls in sixth grade through ninth grade to attend. The goal was to demonstrate how fun it can be to hang with girlfriends and how to talk with your friends without using negative, degrading words, which many girls believe is flattering.

The scouts invited Leah Cordes who works for Centra Wellness Network out of Benzie, to talk with the girls about bullying. She helped the girls identify types of bullying (physical, verbal, and non-physical). Cordes gave the girls ideas on how to deal with bullies and she empowered the girls to defend someone being a victim.

They then invited Cynthia Corey who works for Great Start as a parent liaison specialist. Corey talked with the girls about being healthy and happy and you get there by eating healthy, exercising, getting enough sleep and basically, taking care of yourself. She also talked with the girls about emotional health which you get by having friends, feeling like you belong, and lastly she talked about papering yourself. By doing things to calm yourself, by being responsible and respectful toward others, all of these things help with being your best.

The scouts were lucky enough to have four members of the Just Country Kicking Line Dance group join us to teach the girls how to line dance. They were able to teach us five different line dances including one choreographed to the music from the hit movie “Foot Loose.” The girls had a great time.

The five Girl Scouts provided a fashion show for the participants pointing out some great ways to enhance their outfits and encouraging them to follow their own style of dress.

Girl Scouts wrapped up the evening with crafts including ornament making, scrapbooking and some basic sewing techniques.

That event included pizza, and prizes donated by Jackpine Business Center, Appearance Salon in Onekama, and Shirley Parrish, Advisor for Lia Sophia Jewelry. Susan Barnard and Leah Cordes supplied craft items.

The five girl scouts include Kelly Koon, Elizabeth Bergren, Emily Bergren, Kaylan Fitch and Emily Barnard, all juniors at Onekama Consolidated Schools, and all Honor Roll students.

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