Local Girls Scouts were rewarded for helping in the 2012 WJBC Brotherhood Tree. (WJBC file photo)
By Zach Dietmeier
BLOOMINGTON - Work for the WJBC Brotherhood Tree paid off for one Girl Scout troop this year.
Troop 1561 earned a Bronze Award for its community service efforts this year. Sixth grader Leah Milcik said the girls enjoyed learning and helping at the same time.
"The first time we got involved with the Brotherhood Tree we made Christmas crackers for the children," Leah said. "Then, we also organized a party with crafts and games and everyone who was invited brought a gift."
Milcik said the gifts were all donated to the Brotherhood Tree. Each troop member logged 20 volunteer hours.
"We appreciate that the Girl Scouts get recognition and especially the girls for their hard work," Leah's mother and troop leader Brenda Milcik said. "We also appreciate the Brotherhood Tree because we really believe in their cause."
The group is working toward a Gold Award achievement, the highest honor in Girl Scouting. For the WJBC Brotherhood Tree, they even put together and donated 25 manicure sets for girls aged 12 to 16. Leah didn't expect her volunteer efforts to make the difference they did.
"It was interesting that we could help so much for so many families," she said. "There were a lot of ways that it wasn't so hard and we could have fun helping the community."
In addition to their community service project, the troop also studied the sterotype of gender discrimination in sports in winning their Bronze Award.