The Girl Scouts of Troop 448 made 45
birdhouses for mountain bluebirds. Courtesy photo
Six scouts win Bronze Awards
Troop 448 builds 45 birdhouses for
By DANA DUGAN
Express Staff Writer
Girl Scout Troop 448 began a project in
the fall of 2002 that would eventually earn each of the Ketchum and Sun Valley
girls a Bronze Award. This is the highest award a junior scout may earn.
At a ceremony on Monday, May 24, the girls
will receive their awards at a Girl Scout Court Awards Ceremony. To qualify,
scouts must complete requirements relating to leadership skills, earn a Girl
Scout Sign, two badges related to the project, and spend at least 15 hours in
planning and implementing the project.
The girls—Bria Gillespie, Julianna Lamb,
Kelsey Player, Tori Poole, Leah Smith and Emily Williams—created birdhouses for
mountain bluebirds in the Wood River Valley.
Emily Williams and Kelsey Player
work on constructing nest boxes. Courtesy photo
Working with Vanessa Crossgrove of the
Environmental Resource Center and local birder Poo Wright-Pulliam, the girls
created a bluebird trail in the valley. They placed the 45 homemade birdhouses
along the Big Wood Golf Course, in Atkinson Park and at The Community School’s
Sagewillow Campus. Mountain bluebirds live at elevations above 5,000 feet.
It wasn’t always easy, the girls all
agreed. There were power tools to contend with, and they did construction in the
snow. But the effort paid off.
"I learned more about myself, how to use
power tools, and that development can take away homes from animals," Kelsey
Material for the houses was donated by
Backstrom, Houston Lumber and Webb Landscaping.
Idaho Public Television’s ZOOM TV program
filmed the troop building and installing some of the houses last December.