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Local Girl Scouts win top award after building bridges for Scott County Park bike trails

Three girls won the highest Girl Scout award in their age group for making a significant contribution to area bike trails.
Credit: Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois

Three local Girl Scouts were recognized for their significant, time-consuming contribution to Scott County Park with the highest troop award they could receive.

Olivia Uhlenkamp, Arabella Miller, and Dana Webb of Troop 1184 in Eldridge, Iowa were given the Bronze Award for their work making improvement for Scott County Park bike trails.

The girls, who are the loves the outdoors and frequent the park, did some research and found that the area's bike trails needed small bridges to improve traversal on the paths' low spots.

After building, testing, and revising a prototype, the girls worked to build six bridges for the trails. The result is said to greatly improve the trails and increase usability for more visitors.

“I think the hard work paid off after they successfully built the bridges, and they are excited to show people the locations,” says Troop Leader, Karilyn Uhlenkamp. 

The Bronze Award is the highest award Girl Scouts can receive in grades 4-5, and is awarded to scouts who complete long community projects with strong teamwork and planning.