Awarding Leadership

Hope Marshall, Maddigan Bless and Allison McCall are fifth graders from Bemus Point Elementary School and the first Girl Scouts ever from their school to be Bronze Award recipients.

The Bronze Award is the highest leadership award a Junior Girl Scout can earn. Earning the Bronze Award involves the time to complete a Journey Leadership badge which on average takes about 10-12 weeks to finish the requirements. This badge lays the foundation for preparing the girls for a leadership project.

A team is then established and the planning phase begins for their community service project. Once a service project has been chosen, then the real work begins. To earn the Bronze Award, Junior Girl Scouts are required to perform 20 hours of community service.

The Bemus Point Girl Scout Troop chose a “Feeding and Caring for Chautauqua County” project. Over the course of two years, they have organized two canned food drives for St. Susan’s Center.

The girls have also organized and prepared “blizzard bags” for Meals on Wheels. These bags contained food to be kept in reserve for days when Meals on Wheels is unable to deliver their meals due to inclement weather conditions. The Girl Scouts have delivered Meals on Wheels on their days off school during holiday vacation with the help of the Meals on Wheels driver.

“We are very fortunate to be able to partner up with Sue Colwell and Susie Hooper from St. Susan’s Center and Barrie Yochim from Meals on Wheels – two great local organizations that touch so many lives,” said Heidi Marshall, Bemus Point Girl Scout leader. “I am so proud of these girls, for their dedication, hard work and courage to go where no other Bemus Point Girl Scout has gone before. They are truly future leaders and I hope that they will continue in their scouting careers to one day earn the Silver and Gold Awards (the equivalent of an Eagle Scout Award).”

The Bemus Point Girl Scouts have also hosted a Feingold Diet workshop. The diet has become widely known in the greater Jamestown areas with the help of Renee Shutters, Heidi Marshall and Jennifer Spacht. This diet eliminates artificial (synthetic dyes) colors, artificial (synthetic) flavors, preservatives, aspartame (artificial sweeteners), and salicylates.

Some children and adults with symptoms of ADHD, hyperactivity or attention deficit disorders, aggressive behavior, oppositional defiant disorder, autistic spectrum disorders, pervasive developmental disorders, eczema, hives, sleep disorder, fibromyalgia, and multiple sclerosis, certain types of cancers, Alzheimer’s or salicylate sensitivity are being helped by the Feingold Program.

The Girls Scouts will host a free admission Feingold workshop on Thursday, March 21, at the First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 509 Prendergast Ave., Jamestown, from 6-7:30 p.m.

“My family has been on the Feingold Diet for five years and it has been the most lifesaving and healthiest thing I could have ever done for my family,” said Mrs. Marshall. “We experienced some behavioral problems and this diet has shown results time and time again”

Visitors are encouraged to park in the Sixth Street parking lot. The guest speaker will be Renee Shutters. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.