Seventeen Girl Scout Juniors from troops in Livingston Parish recently earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award, the highest award a Girl Scout Junior in grades four and five can achieve.

The award requires the completion of a series of leadership challenges that are age appropriate. The challenges prepare the Scouts for their final take action project.

Tori Hutchinson, Brooklynn Reeves and Casey Schexnayder, of Livingston Girl Scout Troop 30324, repainted and cleaned the Youth Center at Colywell Baptist Church where the troop meets. The three girls, along with project adviser Connie Reeves, cleaned windows and bathrooms, as well as picked up trash in the parking lot, organized storage areas and repainted one of the bathrooms.

Scouts in Denham Springs Girl Scout Troop 10380 helped children at a local hospital. The Scouts created flower hair clips, which they sold at a local festival, and purchased crayons, coloring books and other art supplies and donated them to the hospital. The Scouts, along with project adviser Candice Honeycutt, are Sarah Honeycutt, Brooklyn Howze, Kellie Price, Lauren Price and Madeline McCauley.

Scouts from Walker Girl Scout Troop 10756 gained support to keep the clothes closet open at Christ Community Church, which was in danger of closing. They also organized and transferred the clothes closet to a new location while the church is being renovated. The Scouts, along with their project adviser Marci Henry, are Brianna Armold, Reaghin Bencaz, Layla Dickinson, Paige Forbes, Hannah Hartmann, Sadie Henry, Annabelle Snow, Kaelyn Torres and Heidi Wallace.

The mission of the Girl Scouts is to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place, a news release from the organization said. For information about Girl Scouts or adult volunteer opportunities, call the council office at (225) 927-8946 or visit www.gsle.org.