Girl Scouts Pass the Torch

We are Olivia Mullen and Jolie Riedell, Cadettes of Girl Scout Troop 8631. Ever since kindergarten we have been in Girl Scouts, and we are now in 9th grade. Our families have gone to the Symphony in the Park concerts for as long as we can remember. As we’ve gotten older we have become more environmentally conscious. We noticed that there were no recycling programs or volunteers helping out with cans and bottles at the concerts. For our Girl Scout Silver Award, we decided to change that and take it head on!

For the four concerts during this past summer, we collected the recycling and turned cans and bottles into cash for our chosen charities. But our project took a lot more than just our time at the concerts. It took planning We asked if we could use Jerabek’s recycling receptacles, which we noticed were used at fundraisers. We contacted Jerabek’s Family Faculty Organization (FFO) office and asked for permission to use them for all four concerts. Then we got permission from the Symphony in the Park organizers to pursue our project.

We raised almost $250! With our proceeds, we chose to donate to four local charities: Interfaith Community Services, San Diego Turtle and Tortoise Society, San Diego Center for Children, and Symphony in the Park.

It is our desire to turn this into a sustainable project. We want to pass this on to another Girl or Boy Scout troop looking for a community service project next summer. We will provide a step-by-step guide and train the selected troop at this year’s holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 6.

If you are interested, please email [email protected] or [email protected] by Friday, Oct. 30, and we will send you an application. Our decision will be made by Sunday, Nov. 15. Big thanks to Mrs. Ginger Colletto of the Jerabek FFO, Lisa Susca and the Symphony in the Park Committee, the Old Pros, our parents, and our troop leader, Nancy Mullen.