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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Girl Scouts earn community service badges by helping rescued animals (slideshow 2)

By Katelyn Teixeira

Ranger-Review Student Intern

Crystal Ingram, Glendive Girls Scouts Troop 2323 leader, and her young troop members worked together to provide 12 warm and comfortable dog beds for the Second Hand Paws animal rescue in Glendive.

There are 19 scouts in Ingram’s troop, which doubles the number from last year. Though the girls range in age from five to 12, they are able to work together effectively in all of their projects and endeavors, according to Ingram.

The Girl Scouts got together in the basement of the Glendive Public Library in late January to make the dog beds. The beds were made of two layers of fleece material, with special batting material that is able to be washed.

The girls scouts enjoyed tackling the project.

Ingram competently and ardently fills the positive female role as the Girl Scouts leader as she makes sure to provide the girls with a multitude of helpful learning opportunities. 

“All kids like animals and I explained that the animals are waiting to find homes and do not have beds,” she said. “They often get dog food donated to animal rescue shelters, but do not often get sleeping areas donated,” Ingram said.

Ingram is passionate about helping the community and hopes to pass on her passion to her Girl Scouts.

Ingram encourages the girls to be well-rounded humans as they move on from Girl Scouts and begin their personal experiences in everyday life. 

“As the girls get older, hopefully this will impact them where they will want to volunteer no matter what it is,” she said. “I hope this will show the girls that it is not solely about having a job and making money, it is about helping people and being willing to help in areas you may or may not be interested in,” Ingram says.

Aimee Poorman, who runs Second Hand Paws, was very appreciative of the dog bed donation she received on Feb. 2. 

“The beds were very useful and can be used for both dogs and cats,” she said. “We do not get many donations, and wish we got more, but the beds are great and the animals were sleeping in them before the night was over. I would like to give the girl scouts a huge thank you.”

Members of the Girl Scout Troop who participated in the dog bed project will be awarded a community service badge for their accomplishment.

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