After over a year of planning and hard work, Junior Girl Scouts Anneliese Fiegl, Mia Robles, and Emily Entwistle recently completed their Bronze Award project. They spent the time learning critical business skills, making community connections, identifying a need in the community, and finally, carrying out their plan of donating over 300 wanted items to local children undergoing cancer treatment at Rady Children’s Hospital. “To see what we were able to do for other kids our age and the generosity of others was so humbling,” said one girl. Her fellow scout added, “Everyone was so kind and appreciative of what we did. It was so nice to see our work mean so much!”

They began with two or three concepts each, and weighed each plan to decide what project to tackle – based on who could benefit and how they could accomplish their goals. Scheduling, planning, and coordinating was a challenge, as one scout explained, “Getting all three of our schedules together was difficult, but totally worth it every time we met.”

All three girls are members of Troop 2856 and fifth grade students at St. Michael’s School. Mia lives in 92129, and Anneliese and Emily live in 92128 – they were grateful for the community support throughout the project. “Rallying a group of people to work together for a common cause was amazing,” shared one of the girls. “We stood in front of our school’s assembly for two weeks asking for support and providing our project’s progress.”