SBRN Family Member Earns Highest Rank in Scouts

Source: Township Journal Papers, Sussex County New Jersey January 6, 2010

STANHOPE — Jenna Wilson, a junior at Lenape Valley Regional High School, recently achieved her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn.

The award requires the completion of leadership development, career exploration, and community service projects. The final component is a 65-hour leadership project that each girl plans and executes to benefit her community. For her project, Jenna raised awareness of spina bifida, a developmental birth defect.

“I have a family history of spina bifida,” Jenna said. “I’ve noticed first-hand how many people have never even heard of the disease, even though it is the No. 1 permanently disabling birth defect among children. Many babies can be spared from getting spina bifida by education and prevention with folic acid.”

Jenna participated in the Spina Bifida Resource Network’s Stroll n’ Roll at the boardwalk in Long Branch. She also gave out information at libraries, doctor’s offices and clinics in Morris, Sussex and Warren counties.

A dedicated Girl Scout in Byram Troop No. 645 since she was in kindergarten, Jenna has earned more than 140 badges and awards and says Girl Scouts sparked her love of helping the community.

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