Friday, January 12, 2018

Girl Scout Gold Award Weekly Highlights

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!

Girl Scouts Hornet’s Nest Council 

Plastic grocery bags are a part of many people’s lives, but because they can’t easily be recycled (many curbside recycling programs don’t provide the necessary collection system and processing equipment), unfortunately they often end up in a landfill. Leave it to a Gold Award Girl Scout to find a solution! Haylah is using these plastic bags to make sleeping mats for homeless people in her community. The mats are lightweight, portable, and provide people with a dry place to rest and/or a cover in the cold—and each mat keeps a whopping 1,000 plastic bags out of landfills! In true Gold Award Girl Scout fashion, Haylah has found a way to make her project sustainable, ensuring that her community and nearby communities continue to make the mats even once she’s reached her goal.

Learn more about Haylah and her project.

Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington 

Gold Award Girl Scout Quinn is working hard to make sure more kids can smile proudly, by rounding up basic dental supplies and information for those in underserved communities in her area. After shadowing a local elementary school, Quinn was shocked by the number of children with poor dental hygiene, and that’s when Operation Tooth Fairy was born. “It was just totally shocking,” she said. “I looked more into it and it turns out a lot of kids in low-income situations start kindergarten with a lot of decay because they haven’t had a lot of care.” It’s hardly a surprise—she’s a Girl Scout, after all!—that Quinn challenged herself to address this pressing need, then did just that.

Learn more about Quinn and Operation Tooth Fairy.

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois

A passion for karate led this Gold Award Girl Scout to make a big change in her community. For her Gold Award project, From Victim to Victor, Brenna hosted a series of self-defense classes for young girls and teenagers in her community, developing a curriculum that teaches self-defense techniques and recording videos that demonstrate self-defense moves and personal safety tips. She published the videos on a Facebook page, where she also promoted her self-defense classes and local news interviews she’d taken part in. Through her project, go-getter Brenna was able to boost participants’ confidence in responding to potentially dangerous situations—talk about a win.

Learn more about Brenna and From Victim to Victor.

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois

“Mapping [her] path” is exactly what Girl Scout Samantha set out to do in earning her Girl Scout Gold Award. Combining her interests in geography, painting, and playing games, she designed and painted a large United States map inside a local school and created an interactive activity to inspire student to learn more about different parts of the country. Then Samantha brought her love of games outside, plotting and painting a giant board game, two “mirror me” sites, two long-jump markers, and an enormous obstacle course. “I gained better leadership and organizational skills,” she said, “including time management, patience, and a stronger sense of respect for authority.”

Learn more about Samantha and Mapping Your Path.