Girl Scout Pursues Silver Award with “Color Their World”

August 10, 2018

Eight-year Girl Scout Veteran, Samantha Schrum, is pursuing her Girl Scout Silver Award.  The Silver Award Project’s objective must be to benefit the community in some way. Girl Scouts are expected to contribute 50 hours to the project, which is led by the scout.

Requirements are set by the Girl Scout Council for pursuing the Silver Award.  A Girl Scout can go for the Silver if they are in 6th, 7th or 8th Grade and a registered Girl Scout Cadette. Schrum recently graduated from Bluford Grade School and must complete the requirements of this project by September 30, 2018. She has also completed the Cadette Journey.

Steps Schrum has gone through to complete this project include1:

  1. Identify an issue you care about.
  2. Build your Girl Scout Silver Award team or decide to go solo.
  3. Explore your community.
  4. Pick your Silver Award project.
  5. Develop your project.
  6. Make a plan and put it into motion.
  7. Reflect, share your story, and celebrate.

After thoughtful consideration, Schrum chose a project she has named “Color Their World.”  “Color Their World is a project that collects new crayons and coloring books for the brothers and sisters of children who are in the hospital,” Schrum stated. “I decided this was a need I have never seen met as far as a community project. Items are collected for the kids in the hospital, but I am sure many of those kids have brothers and sisters who want to know they are being thought of during a difficult family time too.”

To implement her plan, Schrum looked to an avenue to collect items she is very familiar with.

“My mother has coordinated events my entire life, first for the seniors and now community events,” Schrum added. “I decided I could set up a booth at these events and collect crayons and coloring books and donations to purchase them if people don’t want to shop for them.”

Once a supply has been collected, Schrum intends to deliver locally first to Crossroads Community Hospital and SSM Good Samaritan Hospital and then to Children’s Hospital in St. Louis.

To kick off the collection part of the project, Schrum will be set up at the Back to School Bash Market Days on Saturday, August 4th from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Mt. Vernon’s Veteran’s Memorial Park, talking about her project and acquiring donations.

For more information about how you can help Color Their World, visit “Color Their World” on Facebook or email