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Lyme Disease Awareness

Posted by:   Lauren, Lucy, Allie, Juliana on Dec 4, 2013
Town:         Ridgefield
Troop:        50657

What issue did your Take Action project address?
The many people in our community who are at risk of Lyme Disease especially young children and seniors.

What was your Take Action Project? Who did you involve in your project?
As a troop, we four scouts ran booths informing and educating the public about the dangers of Lyme disease and how to prevent it. We participated in over 7 events comprised of health fairs, community events, a senior citizen center and swim meets. We worked under the guidance of our mentor, Mrs. Jennifer Reid, head of BLAST a program ran by the Ridgefield Health Department

What were the results? How did it affect the community?
We spoke with hundreds of people over a six month period from children, parents, camp counselors to seniors. We manned booths, made posters, set up informative games at fairs, baked treats, painted faces, wore protective clothing, showed videos, and set up pamphlets containers at 7 kiosks in wooded areas all in an attempt to educate the community.

What did you learn from the experience?
"I learned leadership skills, how to organize time, plan events, respect my peers and presentation skills." Lauren
"I learned different ways to communicate with various age groups." -Juliana
"I learned that I am a good public speaker and am able to converse well with both adults and children" -Lucy
"I learned how to prevent Lyme Disease and take care of a tick if you do get one" -Allie

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