Being a Girl Scout means helping out the community, and for a group of girls in Keller, it means helping our canine friends as well.
Six girls in Troop 3307 decided the best way to earn their Silver Award, the second highest honor which means a group community service project, was to make 12 dog beds for the Humane Society of North Texas. Dog beds were among some of the “odds and ends” most needed by the organization, animal caretaker Karen Summerville said.
The girls reached out to local businesses asking them to donate items for the beds — material, hardware and PVC pipes — and organized several planning meetings.
“The planning and calling for material was the hardest thing about it,” 14-year-old Aubree Herrold said. “But it was a lot of fun to work on.”
Troop co-leader Gerianne Burke said the girls’ process was helpful.
“It’s good for them to think, ‘OK, who needs what? How do we do it?’” she said.
The troop worked with the Humane Society to measure the beds’ dimensions and determine the best material would last the longest. The girls said they were able to work with their fathers, and for some, using power tools was one of the most exciting parts of the job.
“I ended up getting some blisters but it was still a lot of fun to use the tools,” 14-year-old Claire Stoneham said.
Summerville said she and the Humane Society are grateful for what the troop did.
“I think it’s fantastic and great any time young ones get involved,” she said. “Because that gets their parents involved, too, and before you know it more people are helping the animals.”
Summerville said the beds are a great addition to the facility, which prides itself on cleanliness, because the beds are made out of material that can be easily and constantly disinfected.
“We go through many things to keep the animals here clean and healthy,” she said.