Wilton 14-year-old qualifies for Girl Scout Silver Award

  • Wilton/Lyndeborough Girl Scout Troop 10957 Cadette, Senja Sours, has completed her Silver Award project. She raised money to purchase a dog waste station at Whiting Park in Wilton to help combat dog waste. Staff photo by Ashley Saari

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, September 27, 2018 10:26AM

Girl Scout Cadette Senja Sours of Wilton, has completed her project to earn her Silver Award, the second highest honor the Girl Scouts offers, and the highest a Cadette can earn.

To earn a Silver Award, a Girl Scout must show leadership qualities and a dedication to improving their community. Sours, a six-year member of the Wilton/Lyndeborough Girl Scout Troop 10957, is the most recent member to complete the requirements for the Award.

For her project, Sours, 14, of Wilton, raised $205 with a bake sale to purchase a dog waste station at Whiting Park in Wilton, adjacent to Florence Rideout Elementary School. The station offers bags and a receptacle for people to pick up after their dogs.

Sours said in an interview Monday she knew it was part of the routine of the elementary school’s principal, Tim O’Connell, to pick up waste left by people walking their dogs, so the children could play on the field. 

Sours said she hopes the station encourages people to take responsibility for their own pets, takes the job off the principal’s hands, and let’s kids play in a clean field.

“I want the principal to not have to clean it up as much – or at all,” she said. 

The Silver Award is the second highest honor that a Girl Scout can achieve – and is a pathway to achieving the highest honor, the Gold Award, which Sours can’t obtain until she moves up in rank. Only about five percent of Girl Scouts achieve the Gold Award. But Sour’s already got her eye on it, she said.

“It shows that I’ve done something, instead of just playing around,” she said.


Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or assaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.