Elizabeth Holup, a Girl Scout Cadette from Bay Village, earned her Silver Award – one of the highest Girl Scout achievement awards – by starting a cooking program at West Park Evangelical Friends Church.
In researching what to do for her Silver Award project, Elizabeth decided to start something that had never been done at her church before, a cooking club.
Eventually called West Park Chefs, Elizabeth was able to start the club with close to 30 members who would meet once a month where they split into intergenerational groups to make a meal and eat together, while making new friends. After the success of the first meeting, she was able to continue the program for three months making meatball subs, chicken noodle soup and hand pies.
Elizabeth learned many valuable skills as a result creating this program for her Silver Award including public speaking, creating and following a budget, pitching her idea to donors, and working with others.
Elizabeth said “Doing my Silver Award was a wonderful way to connect with my community and my church, and I am very thankful for West Park Evangelical Friends for giving me the opportunity to have a great time cooking with the West Park Chefs.”
The Silver Award is given to Girl Scouts who have created a service project within their community that creates change and becomes ongoing while also portraying the girl’s organizational, leadership, and networking skills.
Girl Scouts of North East Ohio connects girls to a world of possibilities in a positive and inclusive, girl-led environment. Girls are inspired to discover their passions and empowered to reach their full potential through a proven leadership development program. GSNEO serves 30,000 girls and 14,000 adult volunteer members throughout an 18-county region including Medina, Portage, and Summit counties; Cuyahoga, Geauga, and Lake counties; Carroll, Stark and Tuscarawas counties; Ashtabula, Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties; Erie, Huron, Lorain, Sandusky and Seneca counties.
Since its founding in 1912, Girl Scouts has provided more than 50 million girls with time-honored programs that engage them with their communities; enhance self-esteem; increase financial literacy and interest in math, science and technology; encourage good health and nutrition and build leadership skills necessary for them to move confidently into their futures. Today, Girl Scouts is the #1 girl organization in the world, with 2.8 million members throughout the United States, including U.S. territories, and in more than 90 countries through USA Girl Scouts Overseas.