The VNSNY CHOICE Adult Day Center had an Intergenerational Day with the Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Daisies this week. It’s wonderful to see how they’ve grown, matured and opened their hearts to seniors since starting at our center years ago.
Victoria, who did an amazing job planning the day of activities, presented about their experience at the American Society on Aging Conference in Washington D.C. in March. She spoke about the Girl Scouts responses the first year they were scheduled to come – “What’s the point, they’re old” or “What do they do that would interest me?” She talked about how the immediate, positive feedback from the seniors at the first event, encouraged them to want to come back. Now, they talk about how interesting it is to hear the seniors’ personal histories, and they love the joy they see in the seniors faces when they’re with them. “I enjoyed seeing the glow on their faces. It was very moving because I felt like I had helped bring joy to their day.” Victoria summed up their experience by expressing how the girls now feel a sense of community at the Day Center.
This year’s event included making in-home activity kits for home-bound seniors in Queens VNSNY CHOICE and a talent show. We’re so grateful for their contributions to our center and we’re already looking forward to next year! Thanks to Girl Scout Troop 1986, Cub Scouts Den Two Pack 5 Bears and Daisy Troop 2552!
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Another succesful year. I am so glad the girls and boys have the oppurtunity to come to the center. THis year we had the 5 year old Daisy Troop working to make the hand decorated folders for the activity bags. It was there first community service. SO GLAD it could be for our members.
Already plotting and planning for next year.— Sherri / June 13th, 2012 at 12:59 pm
This year was exceptionaly great. Choosing to do this for my gold award project was the best idea I have every come up with. I’m starting to plan for next year and I am applying for a grant to help fund this project. Thanks again Debbie for letting this all happen.— Victoria / June 13th, 2012 at 2:32 pm
The Cub Scouts all had a great time. They enjoyed playing their recorders for the seniors and help boost their own confidence in playing in front of others.— Chris / June 19th, 2012 at 11:25 am