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Posted in the Sandy Journal, February 24, 2011

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Achieving Arrow of Light shines light on others

Hard work and determination drive three Webelos Cub Scouts from the Riverbend Ward Cub Scout Pack 4501 to the pinnacle of Cub Scouting. David Darke, Kalab Harrell, and Miguel Silva received Cub Scouting’s highest award, the Arrow of Light.

Though it is not a requirement, their journey culminated in a service project dubbed “Holiday Heroes” by its developer, David Darke. David and his fellow Webelos Scouts spearheaded a community letter writing campaign to help raise spirits and reduce melancholy over the winter season. One hundred thirty letters were then personally delivered by him and his fellow Webelos. When asked what his thoughts were about the Arrow of Light and the success of his first official service project, he said, “I am really happy, because I worked hard and I wanted to earn my Arrow of Light. I did all that I could to keep going. The service project was great! People got to share good feelings. It’s the time you want to give, help others, and be friends.”

 

Posted in the Sandy Journal, September 25, 2008

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Local Girl Scouts Receive Bronze Awards

Two Girl Scouts from Troop 2236 scored Bronze on Aug. 9, at the International Children’s Music Festival closing ceremonies in Salt Lake City.

Keslie Ta’afua and Victoria Darke earned the Bronze Award, the highest award for Junior Girl Scouts (requiring at least 15 service hours), by donating gift bags for all 400 participants.  Included were handmade friendship bracelets and CD’s from Masa Fukuda and One Voice Children’s Choir (known for their 2002 Olympics performance).  Gifts were also obtained for the volunteers.

When asked about the results, Victoria said, “The international children felt really welcome when we gave them the gifts.  I was happy to see this, and proud, because we were acting friendly and they were surprised by what we did.  I hope that they take with them a lot of trust in foreign places.  I would do this again, because I would be helping this world bond together better.  It would be a better place to live.  Then we can all be together as one and we won’t be strangers.  We can be friends in what we do; then other visitors will feel welcome.”

 

Posted in The Trooper, Fall 2008  (This is the original article, printed on the back of the publication.)

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Utah Girl Scouts Welcome Children From Around the World

Victoria D. and Keslie T. of Troop 2236 from Sandy earned their Girl Scout Bronze Awards by welcoming the 400 participants of the fifth annual International Children’s Music Festival with gift bags.

These children came from Kenya, Japan, and Colorado, and included our own One Voice Children’s Choir (the former 2002 Olympic Children’s Choir).  Fifty percent of the children could not speak English and had never been to the United States, so the girls wanted them to feel more comfortable in this foreign place.  They gave them American candy, pencils, custom-made foam notebooks with the shape of Utah drawn on the front, postcards, CD’s of the Olympic children’s song and homemade woven friendship bracelets.  The directors received music-themed gifts.  To top it off, the girls also managed to acquire spa and bath gifts, as well as gift certificates to Olive Garden, for the volunteers.  The total value of their donations was over $7,000!  The girls were able to hand out the gifts to the children at the closing ceremonies, where the Japanese children couldn’t stop saying, “Arigato!”  (“Thank you”  in Japanese.)  There were lots of hugs.

When the girls were asked how they felt about the results, Victoria said, “The international children felt really welcome when we gave them the gifts.  I was happy to see this, and proud, because we were acting friendly and they were surprised by what we did.  I hope that they take with them a lot of trust in foreign places.  I would do this again, because I would be helping this world bond together better.  It would be a better place to live.  We can all be together as one and we won’t be strangers.  We can be friends in what we do, then other visitors will feel welcome and not scared.”

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