Four Cadette Girl Scouts from GSCM Troop 126 earned their Silver Award serving the children and youth at the Night of Peace Family Shelter in Windsor Mill, Maryland. The girls went to the shelter approximately once per month over the last year to provide enrichment activities for the children at the shelter. The girls led crafts, provided snacks, read books, and played with the children. Each visit had a different theme: fossils, paper folding, the beach, birdhouses, and seasonal holidays. The children and youth at the shelter, ranging from toddlers to high school age, enjoyed the activities and often asked when the girls were coming back.
One of the biggest challenges the girls faced was not knowing how many children to plan for each month, and the ages of the children expected. However, since they are Girl Scouts, they just brought extra materials in order to Be Prepared. Going into the project, these middle-school Girl Scouts anticipated they would be working with small children. They soon learned that the shelter housed youth of all ages, and occasionally found themselves leading high school-age students as well. The girls had fun planning the activities, and they enjoyed the time they spent with the children. They say they would not change a thing about their experience.