July 7 GST 823 Updates

On February 21st, Jayda and Aleah spent part of their Sunday organizing and sorting through some of their clothing to make a donation to benefit Kauai’s homeless as well as to garage sale and raise funds for their first dinner at KEO for the homeless.  This was the start of their Silver Award Project.


They made their clothing delivery to KEO on February 23rd.



Alexis worked on her Silver Award Project and was featured in the March 31st Garden Island Newspaper.





April 1st was a great day!  We received some very exciting news informing us of something we were waiting to hear about.  Kyla received this email…


Since then, Kyla has been a busy member of the Convention 2017 Girl Planning Team.  She will follow up at a later point in time with a blog post in order to tell us all about her experiences.


Alexis’ Silver Award project also included inspiring others as well as our troop to participate in the Hawaii Food Bank’s Food Drive on April 16th as well.


Kaytlen made a donation to the food drive too.



Britnee was busy with a few things as well.  She made a donation of 34 stuffed animals to the Wilcox Health Foundation to benefit young children who are admitted to the hospital on April 13th.


Britnee also sent in a $500 donation which was made in her name by the Soroptimist International of Honolulu club as a result of her Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award.

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Additionally, Britnee donated 15 books to the Heart of America Foundation via her Gift of Aloha Book Drive.



Kaytlen, Aleah, Alexis and Jayda were all at the April 23rd American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life with their dance company.  They were all part of the RFL team and performed for the event as well.





Aleah and Jayda went shopping on April 29th for the ingredients and supplies needed in order to prepare a meal for the homeless at KEO.


May 1st was the day of Jayda and Aleah’s first feeding at the homeless shelter.  They recruited Alexis to assist them with the meal preparations.



Alexis and Kaytlen rode in the Kamehameha Day parade on June 11th in Lihue.

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Kyla, Aleah, Alexis and Jayda attended the Cookie Captain event via webinar with Aunty Delcey on June 25th.  Aunty Teresa brought home the awards from Oahu.

Alexis, Jayda and Kaytlen began volunteering for the County of Kauai’s Summer Enrichment Program on June 13th.  This is Kaytlen’s 3rd year, Jayda’s 2nd year and Alexis’ 1st year as Junior Leaders.



Britnee made a donation of 21 used books via her Gift of Aloha Book Drive to benefit the Next Step Shelter in Kaka’ako on the island of Oahu – on June 26th.



That pretty much sums it all up for now.  However, we do have a few other things in the works but that will be saved for another time in another post 🙂




A New Journey – Happy New Year 2016


With a new year comes new goals.  One of our troop goals is to complete our second Journey as Girl Scouts.  From the series It’s Your Story – Tell It!, our Senior girls (Kyla, Kaytlen and Britnee) will be working on Mission:  Sisterhood! while our Cadette girls (Aleah, Jayda, and Alexis) will be working on MEdia.

Mission: Sisterhood! – On this Journey, Seniors learn about the powerful benefits of sisterhood and the ways to nurture healthy friendships. They may invite a women’s shelter counselor to talk about her work, role-play friendship scenarios to explore trust in relationships, or create a collage about what sisterhood means to them. Then they team up to focus on a sisterhood issue they care about. They might organize a school film club that focuses on positive movies about women, help younger girls expand their friendship circles, or host a mixer where girls can meet, share stories, and make connections. Girls can earn one award that recognizes what they learned about the power of sisterhood in their own lives and how they helped nurture sisterhood in the world.”

Award to be earned on the Mission: Sisterhood journey is:

  • Sisterhood Award (pin and patch)

Skill-Building Badge Sets (Associated National Proficiency Badges) associated with this journey are:

  • Business Etiquette
  • Game Visionary
  • Social Innovator
  • Traveler
  • Voice For Animals

Media – On this Journey, Cadettes explore the media they love, including movies, TV shows, and music, and how to reshape negative media messages into more positive ones. They may invite a TV show producer to talk about what influences her work, organize a movie night and discuss the film’s messages, or write a rap song or TV script. Then they team up to do a project that encourages positive messages in media. They might rewrite a rap song that has hurtful lyrics about women, create a blog that reviews how movies and TV shows depict girls in a negative way, or start a Twitter campaign responding to stereotypes they see in all forms of media. Girls can earn three awards that recognize what they’ve learned about negative stereotypes and how they made their voices heard by reshaping and responding to media.”

Badges to be earned on the MEdia journey are:

  • Monitor Award
  • Influence Award
  • Cultivate Award
  • LiA (Leader In Action)

Skill-Building Badge Sets (Associated National Proficiency Badges) associated with this journey are:

  • Night Owl
  • Animal Helpers
  • Field Day
  • Entrepreneur
  • Netiquette

To some, this may look like a lot of work.  But to your this troop leader here, I look at it as a lot of fun!  I look forward to the many opportunities that I have to learn along side of my girls and I look forward to recording and sharing our journey here on our website this year!

Happy New Year!!!

Girl Scouts Info


  • Girl Scout Cadette: grades 6–8
  • Girl Scout Senior: grades 9–10
  • Girl Scout Ambassador: grades 11–12
Bridging Ceremonies
Bridging is an important transition in a Girl Scout’s life. It’s a defining moment when a girl becomes aware of her achievements and is ready for new adventures and responsibilities. Celebrating this change should be fun, personalized, and memorable for everyone involved. And most of all, it should be designed by the girls in true partnership with adults.

Bridging ceremonies usually take place at the beginning or end of the Girl Scout year and can have three parts:

  • Opening: Guests are welcomed and the tone is set.
  • Main Section: The ceremony is explained and the girls celebrate moving from one level to the next.
  • Closing: Girls can participate in friendship circles and thank their guests.

Each of the ceremony’s parts offers plenty of room for the girls’ creativity and individuality. The ceremony should always focus on paying tribute to Girl Scouts as they move forward.

See how Girl Scouts earn their Bridging Awards (PDF):

Cadette to Senior  *  Senior to Ambassador  *  Ambassador to Girl Scout Adult

Court of Awards is a special ceremony recognizing girls’ accomplishments. Girls are presented with their badges, year pins, and other recognitions earned during the year. Volunteers may also be recognized during the ceremony. The Court of Awards can be held anytime during the year, at any location, and as often as the troop wants.

Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award ceremony honors Girl Scouts who have earned these special awards and is usually held at the troop/group level or combined with council recognition.

Highest Awards

Bronze. Silver. Gold. These represent the highest honors a Girl Scout can earn.

All three awards give you the chance to do big things while working on an issue that’s captured your interest in a big way.

Whether you want to plant a community garden at your school and inspire others to eat healthily for your Bronze, advocate for animal rights for your Silver, or build a career network that encourages girls to become scientists and engineers for your Gold, you’ll inspire others (and yourself).

    • Bronze Award
    • Silver Award
    • Gold Award

Plus, as you earn one of Girl Scouting’s highest awards, you’ll change your corner of the world—and maybe even beyond. The possibilities are endless.

Want to see what others have done to earn the highest awards in Girl Scouting? For inspiration, check out examples of Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award projects via Girl Scouts of the USA’s Map It: Girls Changing the World.

What are the suggested hours for earning each of the awards?
Not all projects will require the same length of time to complete from planning to sharing and celebration. The time it takes to earn the awards will depend on the nature of the project, the size of the team, and the support of the community. Quality projects should be emphasized over quantity of hours. After the journey(s) requirement is fulfilled, the suggested minimum number of hours to use as a guide is:

The Bronze Award — suggested minimum 20 hours
The Silver Award — suggested minimum 50 hours
The Gold Award — suggested minimum 80 hours



Bullying Book Drive

July 25, 2015, from 8 am to 12 noon, Britnee Akau led a team of girls in fundraising for her Gift of Aloha Book Drive again.  They raised over $200 and will be purchasing anti-bullying books which will be given out to students in the 2nd grade who attend Wilcox Elementary School this year.  She will be visiting the school soon to talk to the 2nd graders about bullying.

Britnee is a 2016 Miss Hawaii High School Delegate.  Her community service project which was first started at the beginning of this year, now with a focus on bullying, ties directly into B.R.A.V.E. which stands for Building Respect and Values for Everyone.  B.R.A.V.E. is the official national platform and anti-bullying campaign of the Miss Jr. High, High School, and Collegiate America Organization.

Pictured in the photo below, from left to right, are:  Alexis Cacabelos, Eva Wilson, Kaytlen Akau, Britnee Akau and Marli Genegabuas.  Marli is a 2015 Miss Kauai Teen USA Delegate.

Thank You girls for taking the time to do good by serving your community!

Book Drive July 25