Brianna Smith of Four Oaks has been awarded the Girl Scout Silver Award by Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines. The Girl Scout Silver Award is the second highest achievement in Girl Scouting. The award symbolizes a Girl Scout Cadette’s accomplishments in Girl Scouting and her community as she discovers her strengths and takes action to make the world a better place.
For her Girl Scout Silver Award project, Smith wanted to provide comfort to children while in emergency rooms. As a special needs child herself, she understands how scary and uncomfortable hospitals can be, so she made teddy bears to hand out to children at Johnston Health Emergency Room. The project was developed from a personal experience Brianna had while at the ER and how much comfort a stuffed animal brought her. Despite her disabilities, Brianna was able to enlist help from her troop and teach them how to make these bears to help distribute to children in need.
As a Girl Scout, Brianna has learned about taking action to make the world a better place. She hopes that her teddy bears will bring comfort to children visiting the emergency room.
Brianna is the daughter of Anne and William Smith. She has been a Girl Scout since 2004 and is a member of Girl Scout Troop #394 led by Helen Allen. In addition to Girl Scouting, Brianna participates in Miracle League of Johnston County and the Blackman’s Grove Baptist Church Youth Group.
About the Silver Award
The Silver Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout in the sixth through eighth grades can earn. The Silver Award recognizes the work of Girl Scout Cadettes who demonstrate leadership skills culminating in 50 hours or more dedicated toward a service project that makes a difference in their community. The service project can be completed as an individual or with a group. If accomplished as a group, each girl is responsible for a specific part of the project and is required to evaluate her contribution to the project and to the group.
Girl Scouts and Leadership
Girl Scouts of the USA has a greater than 100-year tradition of building leadership skills in girls. Girl Scouts has shaped the lives of 53 percent of female senior executives and business owners, 60 percent of women in Congress, and virtually every female astronaut.
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls, with 2.7 million girl and adult members worldwide Girl Scouting is the leading authority on girls’ healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. The organization serves girls from every corner of the United States and its territories.
In partnership with around 10,000 adult volunteers, Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines serves more than 26,000 girl members in 41 central and eastern North Carolina counties including Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Chatham, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Granville, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Hoke, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Martin, Moore, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Orange, Pamlico, Pender, Person, Pitt, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Vance, Wake, Warren, Wayne, and Wilson.