Local scouts honored by Girl Scouts of Orange County

By Sentry Staff

Scouts from Orange and Tustin were among those honored by the Girl Scouts of Orange County Council and its Board of Directors at a recognition luncheon held at the Disneyland Hotel, June 12.

Orange’s  Manveena  Singh, Troop 1325, and Tustin’s Elizabeth Orr, Troop 1015, each received  the  Outstanding  Senior Girl Scout Award, which recognizes graduates who have exhibited their beliefs in the ideals of Girl  Scouting  through  involvement and leadership in school, community, and Girl Scout activities. Singh’s  involvement  in the Sikh community has shown leaders the value of scouting, and she convinced them to have both a Boy Scout and a Girl Scout – herself-- ride the Sikh Rose Parade Float.

As ASB coordinator for Hope for Haiti, Orr facilitated hygiene supply drives, and sent letters of encouragement, written in Creole, to Haiti.  She has taken mission trips to South Africa, Cuba, Albania, and Russia, where she taught English and led vacation Bible school.

Tustin’s Amanda Golka, Troop 1015, received the Juliette Low Spirit of Girl Scouting Award, which honors graduating high school seniors who have demonstrated their dedication to Girl Scouting  through  membership, participation in a variety of Girl Scout activities, and service to the Girl Scouts. Amanda has taken an active role in planning Tustin’s community campout for four years, and has served as co-president of her troop for two years.

Girl Scout Ambassador Chloe Healy, Troop 915, was honored at a reception for Gold Award recipients for her project “Champ the Service Dog,” a book she wrote to share the importance of service dogs and how hers impacted her life. She was joined by Tustin Scouts Samrah Ali and Dalyn Baxter from Troop 788, Christina Guijon, Brenna Lanning and Elizabeth Orr from Troop 1015. Ali’s project, “House to Home,” provided a permanent residence for a homeless family of six, and got them out of motel housing. For her project “Educating on the  Forms  of  Sexual  Assault,” Baxter produced a video series to shed light on topics not often discussed, including human trafficking. Guijon’s project, “Exploring STEM,” provided children with fun experiments and information on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers. For her project, “Lending a Paw,” Lanning made care packages for OC Animal Care to promote proper dog care. Orr produced a documentary, “Heroes Through the Ages,” about the sacrifice and dedication of active and retired military. The Gold Award is the highest honor in Girl Scouting, acknowledging the power behind a girl’s dedication to empowering and bettering herself, and improving the world around her.