Monday, February 19, 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!

Tara, Girl Scouts of Colonial Coast

For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, What Makes Me Tic, Tara took the lead in educating her community on Tourette’s syndrome to reduce instances of related bullying. She held a series of trainings for school faculty in her community; by educating teachers, she has enhanced their understanding as well as expanded the reach of her program to the students of those teachers. In addition, Tara created Teens That Tic, an online support group that enables teens with Tourette’s to connect with one another.

Learn more about Tara's What Makes Me Tic.

Alex, Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont 

To earn her Girl Scout Gold Award, Alex helped feline friends at a
local animal shelter, creating 50 first-aid kits to send home with newly adopted animals. Each kit contains items such as cotton swabs, gloves, and cat toys. In addition, Tara learned about cats’ medical needs and educated younger Girl Scouts on the subject. These days, Tara is testing the waters assisting her troop leader. Here’s hoping she’ll start her own troop soon!

Learn more about Alex’s first-aid kits.

Izzie, Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska 

Girl Scout Izzie wants to help people, including those who live 8,000 miles away—and with her Girl Scout Gold Award project, she’s doing just that. Inspired by her older sister who had recently visited the country of Namibia, Izzie created 60 pillowcase dresses for a soup kitchen there, which was a less challenging aspect of her project than delivering presentations about it. But like a true Girl Scout, with practice she overcame her fear of public speaking and earned the highest award in Girl Scouts.

Learn more about Izzie’s dresses.

Kayla, Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast 

Gold Award Girl Scout Kayla earned her recognition by giving her local church an impressive makeover. To complete her Gold Award project, she painted the church, planted drought-resistant succulents, installed a new basketball hoop and a volleyball net, and created a scripture wall displaying some of the young church members’ personal favorites. When asked what she learned in the process, Kayla said, “This project really helped me decide to major in business administration. It gave me a new set of skills that I am excited to use in college and in the business world.”

Learn more about Kayla’s renovations.

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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