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Armonk Girl Scouts Win Community Spirit Award

ARMONK, N.Y. - Armonk Girl Scout Troop 2928 received the Community Spirit Award at the North Castle Town Board meeting Wednesday night for the scavenger hunt they led at the Armonk Outdoor Art Show in September that raised money for the North Castle Public Library.

At the two-day show, 11 troop members conducted the scavenger hunt, in which children searched for particular kinds of art.

"They told kids to look for specific kinds of art within the booths, like finding paintings that depict bathing beauties," said troop leader Nancy Cornelius, a graphic designer from Armonk who designed the art show brochure.

Susan Geffen, past president of Friends of the North Castle Library and co-chair advisor for the Armonk Outdoor Art Show, said, "We had our 50th anniversary and wanted to do some special things to engage children coming to the art show. The Girl Scouts helped kids go around the show. It was fun and educational and took kids away from their parents so they could see the show, too."

The two-day art show generated revenue from artist booth fees, attendee fees and raffles. It's the leading source of revenue from Friends of the North Castle Public Library, which donates $100,000 per year to the library, Geffen said.

Cornelius said the Scouts enjoyed running the scavenger hunt. "They were really pleased because the children got a kick out of it and kids look up to the Girl Scouts. Part of being a Girl Scout is to do as much community service as possible and this was a really fun way to do it."

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