My oldest is working on her Girl Scout Gold Award (their equivalent of the Eagle Scout award), and her service project is a massive undertaking.
To meet the requirements for her award (and to also meet the requirements of a multi-year project in her school) she has planned and organized a greyhound/sight hound awareness, education and adoption event. Given our 'usual' weather around here she planned months ago for the event to be held inside the horse riding arena at a local farm. Little did we know we were going to have a late summer! To offset the costs of this she has opened it up to vendors, a food truck, and other groups to spread the cost around, received a bunch of silent auction and raffle prize donations, and accepted donations from other parties.
She is still a little worried about recouping all of the costs associated with the building rental, porta-potty rentals, advertising costs, etc. that she had to borrow from the Bank of Dad
, so I told her I would put together a bunch of small pieces for sale as well. Since a vendor will be selling something a little similar, I will be having that vendor consign these items so that they won't compete too much with her sales.
All of the material used was either free from craigslist (the red oak was old store displays), pallets, low grade pine that was laying around, or scrap Corian from an old school laboratory counter-top. As much as I love working with Corian, I really hate Corian....
I have a few more pieces to finish by Saturday, and I have to put the final finish coats on these signs by then as well. So far, the quality control experts seemed to approve. My antique little drum sander has been a Godsend when painting these signs.
The circular piece is one of two created from her logo (she designed a patch for the event) and will be either trivets, cheese boards, or something similar. It was my first real design project using Aspire to convert graphics into vectors.
My daughter also built a frame to fit in my truck bed to display her banner when we park it along the local dog walk trail. It is also great advertising as I drive around town, and keeps my lead foot in check.
I am hoping that this event is a success for her sake, and for the sake of the volunteers and vendors. I am insanely proud of the planning and effort that a 16 year hold has put in to taking on a project of this size, so win, lose, or draw it is already a success.
I have served on several Eagle Scout Boards of review, and can honestly say that this is one of the largest scout undertakings that I have seen in a long time. She has definitely learned a lot. https://houndsathazelwild.wordpress....houndgold2016/ https://www.facebook.com/events/574361499402336/