Thursday, April 12, 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!

Amanda, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts

Motivated by a podcast about the decline in monarch butterflies, this Gold Award Girl Scout flew into environmental action by planting feeding gardens for the black and orange beauties. (Because of extreme weather and an increase in pesticides, the monarch caterpillar’s sole food source, milkweeds, is being destroyed.) After researching milkweed varieties, Amanda gathered volunteers and worked with Land’s Sake Farm in Weston, Massachusetts, to create gardens of the milk-filled leafy green in two parts of town. She also created educational materials that the farm will use in its curriculum. To broaden the impact of her Girl Scout Gold Award project, Amanda connected with Girl Scout troops in neighboring states and sent them 150 milkweed seedlings to plant in the spring.

Learn more about Amanda’s project

Krysta, Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast

For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, The Forgotten Horses, Krysta’s passion for horses led her to direct a documentary on the conservation of endangered Colonial Spanish breeds that can help people with various health conditions and disabilities. Krysta traveled thousands of miles to meet with and interview conservation experts for her film, which has since generated interest from individuals looking to support the cause—even someone in France who emailed to request a copy. Krysta’s project has reinforced her interest in pursuing a career in environmental science/studies with a focus on wildlife and/or marine life conservation.

Learn more about Krysta’s project.

Victoria, Girl scouts of Southern Illinois

Formerly part of a successful GSSI robotics team in FIRST LEGO League (FLL), this Gold Award Girl Scout and no stranger to STEM mentored Motorized LEGO Maniacs, a robotics team in her community. Victoria hosted a summer camp for the group, featuring professional guest speakers, field trips to STEM sites, and guidance to help the team understand the core values of FFL, including teamwork, learning by doing, collective learning, friendly competition, sharing experiences, and gracious professionalism. “I found leadership within myself that I didn’t know was there before,” she shared. To support long-term impact for her Girl Scout Gold Award project, Victoria created a binder with tips and training exercises for the robotics team to keep.

Learn more about Victoria’s project

Elizabeth, Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama

After being a Girl Scout for 13 years, Elizabeth earned Girl Scouts’ highest award by emphasizing the importance of motor vehicle safety for her Gold Award project. Upon learning that her friends have lost loved ones in car crashes, she focused on lack of seat belt use, bringing her safety message to life by creating a public service announcement for her community that encourages people who are unaware of the importance of (or have other misconceptions about) fastening their seat belts to buckle up before stepping on the gas.

Learn more about Elizabeth'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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