Thursday, August 2, 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! 
Emily, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts

For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, Emily transformed a storage room into a game room, taught multiple technology classes, and hosted “family style” cooking lessons for veterans living at a local housing community. She stocked the newly decorated game room with a pool table, a ping pong table, a foosball table, an electronic dart board, board games, a variety of puzzles, and other fun items. Emily also printed and distributed copies of a cookbook she created, as well as cheat sheets for technological tasks carried out by the residents.

Learn more about Emily’s project.

Danielle, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council

Gold Award Girl Scout Danielle organized a theater camp for 61 children at Ridgegate Elementary School. Her Gold Award project was designed to help children ages 7–11 express their emotions and channel their anger and frustration in a positive way. To deliver her program, this go-getter Girl Scout gathered and directed a team of 12 volunteers, and the principal of the school has since adopted the program to give future students a platform to express themselves, making this standout project sustainable for years to come.

Learn more about Danielle’s project

Kyla, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts

Compelled by the increasing incidence of Lyme disease in her community, with her Girl Scout Gold Award project Kyla sought to raise awareness about disease exposure, conducting surveys and creating a lesson plan that will be used on an ongoing basis as part of the health curriculum at a local middle school. To further spread the message, Kyla created a public service announcement that aired on her town’s local television station and rallied high school students to post precautionary tick exposure signage on trail-heads around town for hikers and dog owners.

Caroline, Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay Council

Green blood? Check! Green thumb? Check! Total G.I.R.L. and Gold Award Girl Scout Caroline led and organized 476 volunteers to plant a riparian buffer in Blackbird State Forest Park! With the help of community members, this Girl Scout’s project supported reforestation, with over 8,800 oak and persimmon seedlings planted throughout 14 acres of land. After taking action and dedicating over 118 hours and 10 months to her project, Caroline was even named Delaware’s Environmentalist of the Year!

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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