Monday, May 7, 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!

Jaylen, Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee

Being an innovator means taking action in a creative way. To support families facing unexpected pregnancies, this Gold Award Girl Scout crafted 75 colorful, machine-washable blankets for newborns at Hope Pregnancy Center in Clarksville, Tennessee. To earn her Gold Award and see her mission through, Jaylen designed the blankets in a way that lets newborns explore textures, and to make her project sustainable she distributed a guide that explains the benefits of “TAG” (touch, affection, gift) blankets and provides crafting instructions.

Learn more about Jaylen’s project

Brooke, Girl Scouts Heart of Pennsylvania

Girl Scout Brooke has a friend with cerebral palsy. Due to his condition, Chase isn’t able to support himself on a swing unless someone is holding him—but he loves going to the park and the experience of swinging. This served as motivation for Brooke as she developed her Gold Award project. Specifically, to help Chase swing by himself, she raised funds to buy and install a handicap-accessible swing at Chase’s go-to park. The swing was installed with help from other friends of Brooke’s, and she hopes to inspire other parks to add swings for kids with special needs. Talk about living by the Girl Scout Promise and Law to make the world a better place!

Learn more about Brooke’s project.

Ava, Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama

Ava channeled her inner engineer like a true G.I.R.L.! Her Girl Scout Gold Award project found her seeking to provide shelter for community residents who rely on local buses for transportation—riders who often have to stand in the elements while waiting. To carry out the building effort, she had to first determine where a property owner would allow the structure; she then presented her project plan to the county transit authority, spoke with members of the community, and, even though she didn’t know a ton about architecture and engineering at the start, led a team of adults in constructing the shelter. Over the course of her Gold Award journey, Ava says she learned “never to take no for answer.”

Learn more about Ava’s project.

Baily, Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama

Upon learning that 99 percent of students in her school district live below the poverty line and many were earning low grades, Baily focused her Girl Scout Gold Award project on boosting low test scores and building kids’ confidence. She paired tutors from a high school in a neighboring town with kids in a local elementary school; students who received tutoring generally started getting better grades than others in their class. Baily thinks her Gold Award project “did more for [the kids’] hopes, dreams, and self-confidence than [it] did for their grades,” which is certainly valuable in its own right, and she shared her project report and materials with teachers at nearby schools in hopes that her system will be implemented in the future to help kids get more out of their education.

Learn more about Baily’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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