Local scout creates downtown scavenger hunt


Part of the Girl Scout Law is to use resources wisely, and local Girl Scout Lauren Smith has done just that during the coronavirus.

As a first year Brownie, Lauren earned 39 Try-Its, 43 Fun Patches, one Journey, and completed three Outdoor Challenges, as well as her Brownie Safety and My Promise, My Faith Pins.

The Girl Scouts at Home program, in combination with virtual programs offered by the majority of councils, has opened a lot of choices to keep girls active and working on their goals despite the COVID-19 quarantine. Lauren is getting to take part in a new and unique time during Girl Scouts that past and future Girl Scouts may not get to experience — and so far has earned six coronavirus-specific patches. Each week, her troop meets at their regular time via Zoom, insuring the girls get to continue to see each other, share programs they’ve taken part in and strive toward troop goals.

Lauren’s favorite accomplishment so far is earning her “For the Love of Books Try-It,” which included checking off one of her bucket list items of doing a photo shoot outside the castle (the probate office.) With that she learned about photography, modeling and recycling as part of costume design to turn herself into Sleeping Beauty. Other things she did to earn the Try-It included learning about professional storytellers, donating several books to a local little library, pretending to be a pet vet to her cat Maggie Mae just like her favorite character Doc McStuffins, plus learning to make apple oatmeal topped with honey and cinnamon just like in Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

In the “Get Outdoors Challenge” offered by Girls Scouts of Black Diamond Council, Lauren realized she could accomplish several of the 25 requirements right in downtown Walterboro by visiting a waterfall, admiring a local gardener’s flowers, sight-seeing downtown looking for nature and creating her own scavenger hunt.

After writing her Downtown Scavenger Hunt, Lauren, her brother Trent and Nanny spent a Wednesday evening testing it out, having lots of safe family fun in the process. When she got home, Lauren asked if she could share her scavenger hunt with others who might need a fun outside activity to fill another part of the Girl Scout Law to be friendly and helpful. Lauren reminds everyone to look with your eyes and not your hands to stay safe.

Lauren wants to thank her Ma Victoria Tuten, Nanny Heather M. Tuten and Karen Whitlock, Amy Frampton and Ann Long of Troop 30089.


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