Three Girl Scouts earn the gold award
The Mandan girls, Shelby Ludlum, Carlie Borchers and Jennifer Tokach, were all named as recipients of the Girl Scout Gold Award. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest Award a Girl Scout member can receive.
Girl Scouts are awarded the Gold Award by creating a project that improves the scout member’s community. The members first identify an issue in their community and after thorough investigation, create a plan and follow through on it.
Ludlum started Golden Dresses from Mandan, a sewing group that focuses on making dresses from pillowcases and other fabrics to be donated to Africa. The project was sponsored by St. Joseph’s Church with a sewing group that meets monthly throughout the year. Ludlum organized donations, sorted materials and recruited volunteers to help with her project. She was able to donate over 220 dresses.
Borchers recognized the need for cleanup and restoration at Fort Lincoln State Park Campground after the Missouri River flooded in 2011. She planned and organized the replacement of shrubs around the main bath house, and also helped organize a cleanup day in which she helped coordinate volunteers and provide first aid and refreshments.
Tokach addressed the lack of education about trees after the 2011 Missouri River flood. She created Tree Trunks, which are buckets filled with information about trees and distributed them to several state parks and schools. The Tree Trunks are available for the public to check out and educate themselves about trees.
Borchers and Tokach worked together to plan the CenTree of Girl Scout event, in which they organized and coordinated volunteers to plant 200 trees at Camp Ocankusa north of Mandan.