McKenna earns Girl Scouts' highest achievement award


BENNINGTON -- Megan McKenna of Girl Scout troop 30013 in Bennington recently completed her Girl Scout Gold Award. Megan's project addressed the issue of helmet safety when snowmobiling.

The award is the highest achievement earned by an ambassador Girl Scout and only 5.4 percent of eligible scouts successfully earn the award. The award helps the recipients of the award build leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart as a community leader.

Megan completed a minimum of 80 hours in the planning and completion of the project. The project had to be sustainable after Megan was done. Megan worked with an advisor, Stacey Bleile of New Milford, Connecticut. Stacey is a member of the Woodford Snobusters Club in Woodford, Vermont. Stacey teaches snowmobile safety courses for the club.

Stacey helped Megan look into the type of snowmobile helmets and what safety features each had. Megan then made a pamphlet showing the different types of helmets and also created a PowerPoint presentation. Megan did several presentations at the Woodford Snobusters safety courses and also had a presentation at the Snobusters Special People Ride.

Megan has pamphlets in several snowmobile stores both in Vermont and Connecticut. The snowmobile club will continue to use the pamphlets and power point presentation at upcoming safety courses. For the project Megan also created flyers about the Woodford Snobuster's Special People Ride. The Special People ride allows people with special needs, both physical and mental, to enjoy a day of snowmobiling.

Megan sent the flyer out with a letter to snowmobile clubs throughout the country in hopes that they will do similar event.

Megan hopes that the information she gathered will make the sport of snowmobiling a safer sport for everyone.


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