Girl Scouts of Northern California Troop 61316

Local Girl Scouts this past weekend earned an award that demonstrates leadership, planning and other qualities by working together to spruce up a park in Morgan Hill.

On June 4, Girl Scouts of Northern California Troop 61316 spent the day cleaning up and making repairs at Paradise Park, according to troop members and leaders. The revitalization project focused on removing graffiti from park benches, tables and garbage cans by applying fresh coats of paint; replacing a wood backstop and benches at the baseball diamond; and repairing a damaged plexiglass community board. The Troop also worked with the City of Morgan Hill to add an additional doggie bag dispenser and trash can in an effort to reduce trash within the park.

By completing this work, the Girl Scouts earned their Bronze Award—the highest award a Girl Scout Junior can earn, troop leaders said. Girl Scouts receive the Bronze Award by demonstrating “achievements in leadership development, project planning and taking action to make a positive, sustainable impact in the community,” says a press release from Troop 61316. 

“These girls have shown profound learning throughout this project,” said Lacosta Browning, Troop 61316 Co-Leader. “From conception to action, they have all stepped out of their comfort zone to become leaders who are committed to making Morgan Hill a wonderful place to live.”

Girl Scouts from Troop 61316 paint the baseball diamond backstop June 4 at Paradise Park in Morgan Hill. The effort was part of the troop’s park revitalization project to earn their Bronze Award.

Paradise Park is located off LaCrosse Drive in south Morgan Hill. 

Maya D., an 11-year-old member of Troop 61316 who worked on the Paradise Park revitalization project, said the effort was “chaotic and incredible.”

“I am proud of my troop and myself for doing all of this work,” Maya D. added. “The tables were covered in graffiti and there was litter everywhere. We had to do something about it. We always have our meetings there, so we made it better for everyone.”

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Michael Moore is an award-winning journalist who has worked as a reporter and editor for the Morgan Hill Times, Hollister Free Lance and Gilroy Dispatch since 2008. During that time, he has covered crime, breaking news, local government, education, entertainment and more.


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