Girl Scouts can earn a range of badges — such as for trailblazing and money management. Now, Girl Scouts in the Poolesville area will have one that’s unique.
Eight-year-old Scout Amelia Hobart designed it in honor of her hometown.
Hobart won the first-ever Girls Scout Service Unit 32-11 Poolesville Day patch contest. The patch is in honor of Poolesville’s annual festival, called Poolesville Day. It is scheduled for Sept. 21.
The third-grader at Poolesville Elementary School is a member of Girl Scout Troop 3380 now and has been in Scouts since kindergarten. Her mom, Nicole Hobart, is her troop leader.
“My mom suggested I enter the contest and I did,” Amelia said. The contest was open to any member of the service unit.
Amelia immediately focused on the town’s iconic water tower.
“I just starting drawing in crayon, but I used marker to write the words ‘Go Falcons’ on the tower since I didn’t have a black crayon,” she said. The design includes a sun and sky and the words “Poolesville Day 2013.”
This is the second year the service unit has created a patch for Poolesville Day, but the first year the group offered a contest to design it, according to Marilyn Mense, service unit manager. Mense designed last year’s patch.
Hobart’s entry was one of six in the contest this year.
“Girls Scouts love to sew patches to the back of their uniform vest or sashes to remember activities they participated in as Girl Scouts,” Mense said. “Boy Scouts collect them as well. Since the Girl Scouts march in the Poolesville Day parade and have a booth at Poolesville Day, it seemed like a great fit.”
Last year’s patch was inspired by the old town hall and said “Poolesville Day Parade” on it.
Amelia found out she won just days after her birthday in May.
“I think it turned out really nice,” she said of the final product. Her original drawing hangs on the refrigerator at her house.
Valaree Dickerson, who was a Poolesville Girl Scout in 1975, presented Amelia with a certificate for her patch idea on May 22.
“This year’s patch has such a heartfelt meaning. So many things in Poolesville have changed over the years to include the name on the water tower, but certainly the water tower itself is a landmark for Poolesville and Poolesville Day has become an everlasting event that everyone looks forward to as a mini reunion and an excuse for a ‘homecoming,’” she wrote in an email to The Gazette.
Dickerson suggested incorporating the patch into a Poolesville Day T-shirt.
The service unit had 300 patches made and each will be available for sale at $2, with profits going to the service unit to support local Girls Scouts in Poolesville, Dickerson, Beallsville and Barnesville.
The patch will be on sale at the Girl Scouts booth on Poolesville Day. To reserve a patch in advance and pick it up at Poolesville day, email Mense at firstname.lastname@example.org with a name, email address and the number of patches being requested.