Girl Scout helps the homeless

Published 10:20 am Thursday, April 22, 2021

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Mary Cain, daughter of Jonathan and Susan Cain and a member of Girl Scout Troop 41772 in Advance, built four cornhole sets to be used by homeless Davie residents. The sets are installed around the county at Family Promise locations.

Mary worked with her team of girls in her troop and community members to build the sets as well as develop rules, tips and tricks, and check out sheets. The project was inspired by the need for safe, family-friendly activities while limiting exposure to COVID-19.

The project was part of the requirements for receiving Girl Scouting’s highest honor – the Gold Award.

The award recognizes girls in grades 9-12  who demonstrate leadership through sustainable and measurable projects. Each girl must dedicate a minimum of 80 hours to planning and carrying out a project, which must benefit the community and have long-lasting impact.

Earning the Gold Award opens doors to scholarships, preferred admission tracks for college and career opportunities, as well as skills that set girls up for success such as strategic thinking, communication, fund raising, collaboration, and problem solving.