Girl Scout receives Prudential Spirit of Community Award

Carley Osgood, of Cape Neddick, was presented with The Prudential Spirit of Community Award at the Girl Scouts of Maine Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 21, at the Elks Lodge in Waterville. Donna Brown, a Prudential Representative, presented the award.

The Spirit of Community Award is a nationwide program that honors young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism.  As one of two State of Maine Honorees, Carley received $1,000, an engraved silver medallion, and an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., in May, where she will join other honorees for several days of recognition events.  During that time, ten of the honorees will be named America’s top youth volunteers for 2012.

Nominated for the award by Girl Scouts of Maine, Carley is an active volunteer who likes working with children and serves her community in several ways. 

“Girl Scouts has always been about taking the lead,” said Joan McDonald, CEO, Girl Scouts of Maine.  “Carley, at such a young age, has already demonstrated a compassionate dedication to improving the lives of others.  She’s an inspiring example to us all.”

Carley is an eight-grader at York Middle School in York.  She has served as a helper in a local elementary classroom, and has been a volunteer counselor for girls at Girl Scouts’ Camp Scelkit.

Over the past four years, a garden Carley helped to create has produced more than 17,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables for three local food pantries. She has also mentored a student with autism, sewed hundreds of hats and blankets for the homeless, raised money to support a local firefighter with breast cancer, and made toys for a local animal shelter.

Of her volunteer efforts Carley said, “Being myself every day and putting my all into camp and the kids gave me a great feeling.  Each project I get involved in, I participate with all my heart, because each project impacts a part of someone’s life when they need it most.”

Based on the number of hours she has volunteered, Carley also qualifies for the president’s Volunteer Service Award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time in service to their community and their country.

Girl Scouts of Maine builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. The organization serves over 16,000 girl and adult members statewide, and operates service centers and shops in South Portland and Bangor.