Maia Dothager and Taylor Seelbach, members of Staunton Girl Scout Troop 106 and freshmen at Staunton High School, recently earned their Girl Scout Silver Awards by building a hammock camping unit at the Girl Scout Camp ChanYaTa in Worden.
Maia is the daughter of Jason Dothager and Sarah Drury-Dothager of Staunton. Taylor is the daughter of Tim and Rachel Seelbach of Staunton. Both girls are entering their 10th year of Girl Scouts.
Maia and Taylor Abigail built the “hammock hang” to encourage more campers to try a new form of low-impact, primitive camping. For their design, they sunk six 6×6 posts three feet in the ground in a circle around a central post allowing their unit to accommodate 12 camping hammocks when full. They also arranged the donation of 8 camping hammocks to the camp to allow campers who might not have their own camping hammocks to check them out when using the new hammock hang.
The Girl Scout Silver Award is the second-highest award a Girl Scout can earn, the highest being the Gold Award. To earn the Silver Award, girls must complete a minimum of 50 hours’ worth of work for their project along with a Girl Scout journey. Maia and Taylor spent well over 50 hours working on their project.
Active in their school and community, Maia and Taylor both previously earned their Girl Scout Bronze Awards and two national Presidents Volunteer Awards each for their volunteer work with Girl Scouts and their community. The girls would like to thank their friends and family, the Girl Scouts, Jason Dothager, RP Lumber, Duda Ace Hardware, and the Staunton and Mt. Olive communities for supporting their bake sale and hot dog sale that funded their project. They would also like to thank Gear Forward, a nonprofit organization based out of Springfield, IL, for the camping hammock donation, and Wise Owl, an American manufacturer of camping hammocks, for the donation of hammock straps for the project.