Monday, February 5, 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!

Hanna, Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois 

By participating in her school’s cheerleading program, Hanna found that she built her self-esteem while getting involved in her community—a win-win! So it was only natural that this Girl Scout’s interest in cheer eventually resulted in her Gold Award project—Junior Warriors CHEER, with CHEER standing for confidence, healthy living, empowering yourself, encouraging others, and respecting everyone, and representing the five key things learned through Hanna’s unique program. Hanna’s Junior Warriors hit the field for the first time on February 2.

Learn more about Hanna's Junior Warriors CHEER.

Maggie, Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho

Gold Award Girl Scout Maggie applied her outdoor adoration and certified skills in sawing to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award. Through frequent hikes along the Pacific Crest Trail in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Maggie had noticed a deteriorated bridge over a creek near White Pass. Jumping into action, she collaborated with the Pacific Crest Trail Association to recruit a crew of sawyers and swampers to help her clear the trail and build a new bridge.

Learn more about Maggie’s bridge.

Fiona, Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey

Fiona fell in love with the ancient art of paper folding when she was just five years old, the tradition passed down to her by her mother and grandmother. A Girl Scout since kindergarten, she realized that a Girl Scout Gold Award project presented the perfect opportunity to combine her passions for origami and helping others—so she designed a program using origami as an occupational therapy tool for special needs communities. For her project, Folding for Fine Motor, she worked at a local school geared toward kids with special needs, teaching both therapists and students various origami designs. Fiona also designed an instructional manual for the therapists so that they can continue to implement origami as a therapeutic tool.

Learn more about Fiona’s origami.

Shelby, Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast

After volunteering at a local aquarium, Shelby was struck by the environmental issues facing our oceans—so she decided to take action. Jr Ocean Guardians was Shelby’s Girl Scout Gold Award project, allowing her to share her passion for saving our oceans and marine life. As part of her project, she and her Jr Ocean Guardian Ambassadors visit young schoolchildren and host beach cleanups to spread the word about alternatives to single-use plastics and the importance of recycling. Shelby also led a “No Straw November” push to increase awareness of the amount of disposable plastic straws discarded daily. Her efforts were so successful that the California Coastal Commission unanimously approved Shelby's resolution by the same name last October.

Learn more about Shelby’s Jr Ocean Guardians.

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