Twenty area Girl Scouts, including Megan Amberger, Sunman, of Troop 47921 received the esteemed Gold Award from Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, reports communications manager Ann MacDonald.
The Girl Scout Gold Award ceremony was held March 9 at the University of Dayton. Col. Cassie Barlow, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base 88th Air Base Wing and Installation commander, was the keynote speaker, but due to college commitments, Amberger was unable to attend.
What was the Scout’s reaction when she finally earned the award for her Angel Safety project? “I was very excited. I walked out of the room with a big smile on my face. After my first idea for my project didn’t pass, I was afraid I wouldn’t get my award, but I didn’t give up and all the hard work really paid off.”
After the tragic death of her brother, Jacob Amberger, 17, in a car accident, the teen wanted to honor his memory by creating the first family safety fair in her community, which took place Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at the St. Joseph Parish Life Center, St. Leon. She gathered over 30 safety officials, health professionals, health organizations, firefighters, police officers, EMTs and volunteers to spread the message of safety to kids and adults.
In preparation for the event, the daughter of Charlie and Keri Amberger planned over 13 booths, coordinated all details, recruited participants from local schools, advertised the fair locally and secured donations. She evaluated the results and found that participants gained safety knowledge and wanted to return, if the fair were to be held every other year. Her project is an ongoing effort that ensures southeastern Indiana families and adults are safety conscious and educated.
The biggest challenge in completing the project was time. She explains, “My fair was right after the holidays and it was hard to get the word out.”