Silver Award creates paws-ative change

Troop 52466 focused their Silver Award on helping the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium and its animals after learning there were financial struggles due to the pandemic.

The troop discussed ideas with an education specialist at the zoo and researched different zoo animal enrichment toys. The girls designed and built six types of zoo animal enrichment toys including:

  • multiple puzzle feeders for the kinkajou, lemurs, porcupines, macaw, river otter, and sea lion
  • a fire hose raft for the river otter
  • a mobile for the penguins
  • a cheeta-pult (catapult for cheetahs)

The Girl Scouts then educated zoo patrons on the work they had was done its importance for the animals. Check out this awesome video of the cheeta-pult in action!

If you have been working on your Silver Award, don’t forget the deadline to have your final paperwork submitted is September 30. Send your documents to The earlier you send in your paperwork, the faster the review time! We can’t wait to see the amazing things you’ve done, so remember to include all the awesome details!

Reminder: Girl Scout Day at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is Sunday, Sept. 19. There will be no walk-ins this year, and registration ends soon!
>> Details and registration

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