Sunday, February 11, 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!

Sarah, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri

 A little yarn goes a long way! That’s what inspired Girl Scout Sarah to take action in her community—creating Kids Knitting It Forward for her Girl Scout Gold Award. To complete her project, Sarah recruited local volunteers to teach people in her community how to knit. Once the “students” had mastered the basics, Sarah oversaw a group of more than 50 members who committed over 4,200 hours of service and donated 500-plus knitted items to local charities.

Learn more about Sarah’s Kids Knitting It Forward.

Rebecca, Girl Scouts of North East Ohio

The aim of Girl Scout Rebecca’s Gold Award project? To reducethe use of plastic water bottles by installing a water filter in her school’s cafeteria. A true problem-solver, Rebecca said, “I wanted to reduce the amount of plastic because of the amount of garbage on the roads in [my town of] Perry. I also noticed that fellow students at my school were having a hard time filling up their water bottles in the regular drinking fountains and wanted to help them.”

Learn more about Rebecca’s water filtration system.

Jenna, Girl Scouts of Central California South 

After losing a classmate to unexpected cardiac arrest, Gold Award Girl Scout Jenna was inspired to install Automated External Defibrillators (A.E.D.) machines for the public. “When [my classmate] died, there was no equipment, there was no knowledge, there was no resource addressing how [people can be helped],” she said. Making her dream project a reality was not quite as easy as she’d anticipated—she was denied three locations, but Jenna never stopped trying and was finally granted permission to install her machine at a local church.

Learn more about Jenna’s Operation A.E.D.

Leah, Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington

Everybody deserves a chance to celebrate their birthday, but unfortunately in some low income and
homeless areas youth are not able to do so. Leah’s Girl Scout Gold Award project addressed this need. By providing birthday kits that included all of the items needed to host a birthday party, the Party Project hopes to make birthdays a fun and memorable event for the youth who receive a birthday box. The goal of the Party Project is that all children have an opportunity to celebrate their birthday no matter what their family’s financial circumstances are. A local church has continued to keep the Party Project going to ensure many birthday’s are able to be celebrated for years to come.

Learn more about Leah’s Party 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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