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Girl Scouts’ campfire completes Bronze Award

More than 300 Girl Scouts, including about 30 from La Jolla, braved the first chilly evening of the season Sunday night at a campfire at Fiesta Island.

Girl Scout Troop 3248 hosted the event at the Youth Aquatic center, where they collected donations for Spay Neuter Action Project (SNAP). The gathering fulfilled the troop’s final requirement for the Bronze Award, the highest award that a Junior Girl Scout can earn. It is representative of a girl’s achievements in working to enrich her life and the lives of others in the community.

“I’m so proud of all these girls,” said Troop Leader Marie Harrington. “They’ve been working on their Bronze Award for over two years.”

Besides earning badges for other activities, to get the Bronze Award the girls had to put in at least 15 hours of work on a community service project: the collection drive for SNAP.

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SNAP is an organization whose mission is to ensure that there are no homeless pets, and they do so in part by providing low-cost spay and neuter service. Volunteers from SNAP brought dogs to the campfire to show the girls who they were helping.

Along with collecting pet toys, food and towels for both cats and dogs, the girls of Troop 3248 sang songs, performed skits, and enjoyed snacks.

Troop member Kate Jensen said, “It’s been really fun working on this award. With this collection drive, we feel like we are making a difference in the lives of pets in San Diego.”