Centre Cadettes race for Silver Award

Olivia Carlson, 7, was the youngest runner to complete the 5-K. She ran it with her mother, Bethany Carlson. Centre Cadette Girl Scout Troop 30181 organized a 5-kilometer and fun run in Lincolnville, May 31.

The event drew about 50 participants, ranging in age from 7 to 55, plus several volunteers. The 5-K drew about 35 runners.
The run, titled ?So Fetch and So Fit,? included aid stations along the route that were staffed with volunteers who threw colorful powder on participants.

Prizes were awarded in a variety of classes including first place, last place and ?craziest hair.?
Colin Williams was the first male to finish and Jennifer Espinoza the first female.
But this event was more than just a fun run, according to Debra Casey, who is the Cadette co-leader along with Michelle Reneau.
The ultimate finish line for Troop 30181 is earning a Silver Award, which is the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn.
A Silver Award project requires at least 50 hours of volunteer and planning time. Upon completion, the girls will submit a report to the council regarding their efforts.

The girls identified the Lincolnville park as an area of focus for their project,? she said. ?They have been involved in park improvements for several years through Scouts.
?They wanted to encourage the use of the new fitness trail, and then the focus expanded to physical fitness in general,? Casey said. ?They each submitted an application to Girl Scouts of the Kansas Heart?land Council and obtained approval.?
The troop?s Silver Award project includes park maintenance and improvements as well as organizing the race.
?They will clean and paint in the bathrooms,? Casey said. ?They had a ?Fun Day? with younger Scouts introducing them to the new fitness trail. They will complete some landscaping, also.?
Preparation for the race started long before the race itself.
The girls first interviewed Centre physical education teacher Kelly Steiner about the importance of physical fitness. They also invited Kara Rutchman of Hering?ton to speak to them about organizing 5-K runs.
?Once they decided on a colorful run, they estimated the volume of powder needed,? Casey said. ?They even spent an afternoon making some powder of their own?easier to purchase.?
After identifying the race theme, the girls estimated the number and cost of T-shirts.
?It was apparent that sponsors were needed, so they started sending out letters soliciting funds,? Casey said. ?As donations totaled $500, they wrote a note of thanks to each donor. We had 11 primary sponsors and six prize donations.?
To publicize the race, the girls hung posters and passed out flyers in Marion and Herington. They also submitted announcements at school and notes were sent home with students.

StartThe girls also developed a site for registration forms.

As race day approached, the girls painted a banner for race photos and marked the trail in Lincolnville. On race day, the girls helped set up before the event and clean up afterward.
?They enjoyed throwing powder and laughing with friends and family,? Casey said. ?The Boy Scouts also helped with the aid and color stations.?
The future of the event is not clear at this point.
?We had great hopes of this being a fundraiser for future projects,? she said. ?The cost of T-shirts and powder will consume most of the donations and registration fees. The funds remaining will go to the troop for future projects, perhaps the Gold Award.?
Cadettes is open to girls from sixth to eighth grade. Each of the girls in the Centre troop was an eighth grader this past year with the exception of Victoria Reneau, who was a seventh grader.
?We hope they will receive their Silver Awards this fall,? Casey said.

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