Drilling a 1-inch hole in a 2-inch PVC pipe is not a skill normally covered by Girl Scouts.
But three Cadette Girl Scouts by Troop 9699 in Flour Bluff can add that to their resumes expertise, using a table saw and a miter saw.
The Corpus Christi Caller-Times report that they used these skills and many more to conduct a project to rescue injured birds of prey and sea turtles in the Amos Rehabilitation Keep at the University of Texas Institute of Marine Sciences in Port Aransas
The ARK, originally founded by the late Tony Amos as Animal Rehabilitation Keep, was severely damaged by Hurricane Harvey in August. And that was about the time Jules Gilliam, troop president, Natalie Albrecht, troop chancellor, and Caitlin Marchand, troop secretary, worked toward her Silver Award, the highest honor for Girl Scouts and the second highest honor in Girl Scouts. 1
About 10 percent of Girl Scouts earn the Silver Award and less than 6 percent earn the Gold Award. according to Girl Scouts USA
The girls wanted to help animals with their community project. So they explored different options, from obtaining oxygen masks to supporting fires to planning an evacuation plan for animals in local facilities.
After seeing the damaged ARK, they discussed projects with ARK Director Alicia Walker They met the Silver Award criteria and met a need in the Rescue and Rehabilitation Center.
They opted for two. They pledged to build four devices that kept leafy vegetables underwater so that sea turtles could feed on vegetables, as in nature. The girls called them underwater salad bars.
They also agreed to design, build and install two wooden boxes large enough to accommodate large owls and hawks. These would be secured near the ceiling of walk-in cages because birds of prey like it up there.
First, the Boy Scouts had to solicit and collect material. And then they created an educational presentation that describes their projects and contained biological information about birds of prey and turtles.
Then they planned and organized a recent inauguration ceremony at the ARK to showcase their completed work and recognize all who helped. The supporting actors included Suzanne Gilliam and Toni Farah, co-leaders of the troupe, Fluff Bluff's teacher Janice Ainbinder, and special guest Lynn Amos, the widow of Tony Amos
"Tony would be proud," she told the girls ,  These elements of the project fulfilled the aspects of research and public speaking of the Silver Award.
The next step is for each scout to write an essay that describes and documents their efforts from the beginning. And finally, the girls submit their stories to the Pathfinding Council of Greater South Texas for approval.
Information from: Corpus Christi Caller-Times, http://www.caller.com
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