Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Weekly Girl Scout Gold Award Spotlight

Check out this week’ s sampling of go-getting, innovating, risk-taking Gold Award Girl Scouts—young women who know what it means to lead with true G.I.R.L. spirit!

Erin, Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore

At age 17, Gold Award Girl Scout Erin is already having a life-saving impact in her community. Knowing that minutes matter when first responders need to enter a home, for her Girl Scout Gold Award project she created a lockbox program to help some of her community’s most vulnerable residents in the event of an emergency. As part of Erin’s program, an officer arriving at the home of a person enrolled in the program sees a code for the resident’s lockbox, which is secured to the outside of the home and gives the officer access to the keys through the police dispatch system. The Lacey Township Lock Box Program prevents damage to residents’ houses and saves precious minutes when time is of the essence.

Learn more about Erin's lockbox program. 

Kestrel, Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians 

Eighteen-year-old Girl Scout Senior Kestrel is no stranger to the great outdoors. Born in Alaska, she has visited 49 states and most of our national parks. It’s no surprise, then, that when it came time for her Girl Scout Gold Award project she took it outside. Specifically, to honor the volunteers who give so much of themselves to benefit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Kestrel set out to document the oral histories of all park volunteers who have dedicated at least 10,000 hours of service. These oral histories have become part of the National Park Service’s archives, and Kestrel will soon create a YouTube page to share her remarkable videos broadly.

Learn more about Kestrel’s oral histories.

Nicole, Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast

Girl Scout Nicole recently earned the Gold Award for her project, Back to Basics, to pay homage to her grandmother, who’s in a sewing circle, as well as introduce the art of sewing to kids—both girls and boys. Nicole’s goal was to create 150 beautiful dresses to donate to local homeless shelters and beyond, through the Little Dresses for Africa organization. To start, she collected new and gently used pillowcases for a workshop to teach beginners sewing skills. Additionally, though not part of her initial plan, Nicole sent completed dresses to victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, allowing her to play a small part in helping those who were affected.

Learn more about Nicole’s Back to Basics. 

Gold Award Girl Scouts are recipients of one of the most prestigious awards in the world for girls. By the time they put the final touches on their seven-step projects, they’ll have addressed a significant problem in their community—not only in the short term, but with a plan to sustain the work for years into the future. They’re also eligible for college scholarships and to enter the military one rank higher than non–Gold Award Girl Scouts.

Got a Girl Scout Gold Award story to share? Send the details and relevant photos to socialmedia@girlscouts.org for a chance to have it featured.