FAIRMONT - Last fall, seventh-grader Rachel Botzet devoted 50 hours to planning a Juliette Low Party for 75 local Daisy and Brownie Girl Scouts.
The project, which she took on after learning no one else was planning the annual event, earned her the Silver Award, the highest award offered to Cadette Girl Scouts and the second-highest award bestowed on a Scout at any level.
The party, named after the founder of Girl Scouts, offered activities illustrating various points in Low's life; skits put on by volunteer Scouts; and snacks. During the event, Botzet had party-goers complete a service project.
She organized the donations of items and the assembly of Kid Kare Kits, packages of activity items donated to Fairmont Medical Center for children undergoing same-day surgery.
Botzet is one of the younger girls to receive the honor. Judy Botzet, Rachel's mother and troop leader, said in the past girls didn't usually complete their award until ninth grade. However, the age category for Cadette Girl Scouts has changed. They are now sixth- to eighth-graders instead of seventh- to ninth-graders.
Rachel said many of the other girls in her troop, Cadette Troop 30279, are working on their award projects.
Much of the time Rachel spent preparing for the party involved documenting her plan. She budgeted $156.06 - exactly the amount she ended up spending. Funds were raised through admission.
"It was more (work) than I expected," Rachel said. "But it was fun."
Judy Botzet said the pair was a little uncertain how Rachel would find time for the project. The party was in October, so much of the planning would take place as Rachel was getting into a new school year.
Most of the planning was done on the weekends.
The entire project took five to six weeks, after which Rachel needed to file a final report on the process.
Although Rachel has completed the highest award for her level of scouting, she is still active in her troop.
She recently was nominated to represent the River Valley Girl Scout area as a delegate - one of only two the area sends.
"She would be a liaison between the girls (in her area) and the (Girl Scout) council," Judy Botzet said.