Milford Girl Scouts get Gold Awards

From left, Mary Tesla, Diana Robert (Troop 38305 leaders); Melody DeBlasio; Mayor Ben Blake; Victoria Benedicto, and Lily DeBlasio.

From left, Mary Tesla, Diana Robert (Troop 38305 leaders); Melody DeBlasio; Mayor Ben Blake; Victoria Benedicto, and Lily DeBlasio.

Milford Girl Scout troop 38305 honored three girls who received their Gold Awards at a ceremony held at the Audubon Coastal Center in Milford. The Gold Award is the highest achievement for Senior/Ambassador Girl Scouts. These girls have shown they are committed to working toward goals they set for themselves and improving the world around them. The Gold Award has its roots in early Girl Scout history beginning with the Golden Eaglet of Merit that was created in 1916. Although it has had several name changes, it has always focused on leadership and service and is the most prestigious award in all of Girl Scouts. The girls completed a leadership journey and their Silver Award.

The Girl Scouts of CT have honored Lily DeBlasio of Seymour, for her project Oxford Otters EAP (Emergency Action Plan. Lily’s project addressed the need for an Emergency Action Plan by the Oxford Otters swim team. She enlisted the help of coaches and lifeguards to develop and implement a procedure and drills for the swim team.

Victoria Benedicto of Milford’s project of Eating Healthy is Cheap! , planted a garden at St. James church in Stratford. Vicky’s project was raising healthy eating awareness. The garden provided fresh produce for the people coming to the food pantry. The clients were also provided with pamphlets and recipes to inform them on how to cook and each healthy food.

Melody DeBlasio of Seymour, helped high School freshmen learn with her project. Developing Scientific Concepts and Values in Freshmen Classes High School freshmen have a difficult time engaging and performing in science classes. Melody’s project created and presented lesson plans that supplement the current NHPS 9th grade science curriculum. This helped students gain a better understanding of fundamental science concepts, critical thinking skills and appreciation for the ways science influences their daily lives. Students developed skills in note taking, lab report writing and article reading that will help them throughout high school and college.

The girls received proclamations from Milford Mayor Ben Blake and well as other citations from their state representatives. The Gold Award recipients truly accomplish the Girl Scout mission of developing courage, confidence ad character as they make our world a better place.