Friday, June 29, 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!

Rachel, Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida
Gold Award Girl Scout Rachel took environmental action in a big way! For her Gold Award project she cultivated more than 100 mangrove seedlings for an entire school year. Every Saturday she worked with her mom to clean and rid the sprouts of bugs as well as collect data. Rachel then teamed up with Florida International University to rehabilitate mangroves in Biscayne Bay and gathered volunteers from a local middle school to help plant the propagules she’d so patiently raised. This go-getter also organized a coastal cleanup and hosted an invasive species removal effort to make sure the newly planted mangroves had a safe ecosystem. It’s no surprise Rachel will be majoring in environmental science at Florida Atlantic University—we look forward to seeing this green blood’s green thumb continue to impact our environment for years to come!

Learn more about Rachel’s project.

Keaton, Girl Scouts of Colorado
Summer is here, and Keaton’s Girl Scout Gold Award project is keeping Standley Lake goers safe with a life jacket library! While visiting Lake Havasu in Arizona, Keaton found it strange that most kids, including one of her friends, weren’t wearing life vests. This concerned her—but it also motivated her to team up with the City of Westminster to build a structure that houses life jackets for visitors who may need one. Keaton’s life jacket loaner station started with five jackets and has grown in donations ever since, which is great considering Colorado law states that kids under 13 years of age must wear life vests while on a boat. This go-getter plans to take her Gold Award project to other lakes in her state and eventually across the country!

Learn more about Keaton’s project.

Meg, Girl Scout of Eastern Massachusetts

Gold Award Girl Scout Meg noticed that, in her area,fishing lines left on the ground would often end up in ponds or eaten by animals, in the process endangering wildlife. So this environmental steward came to the rescue by building receptacles and creating a recycling program and an awareness campaign to teach town residents how to properly dispose of fishing lines. (The town has agreed to empty receptacles and to recycle contents.) Meg also hosted presentations at local schools where she provided students with information-packed flyers. A Girl Scout leaves a place better than she found it, which makes Meg’s Gold Award project all the better: it serve as an important reminder to “leave no trace.”

Learn more about Meg’s project.

Jacklyn, Girl Scouts of Citrus Council

Jacklyn is taking a stand against skin cancer by spreading awareness about the risks associated with getting too much sun. Her Girl Scout Gold Award project was inspired by her grandfather “Poppy,” a melanoma survivor; it calls on high school kids and others in Jacklyn’s community to pledge to use sun protection. To kick-start her skin protection journey, Jacklyn supplied area teens with sunscreen, lip balm, sun bracelets, sunglasses, and an educational card. As for sustainability, Jacklyn is taking steps to turn her Gold Award project into a nonprofit; she also created a website with educational resources that are already impacting her community. Because of this Gold Award Girl Scout’s project, over 600 teens have since learned more about melanoma.

Learn more about Jacklyn’s project.

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.

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