Two Girl Scouts from Hudson, WI, recently marked a major milestone by earning Girl Scouts’ highest achievement, the Girl Scout Gold Award. To earn this award, a girl must dedicate herself to completing a Take Action project that addresses a need in her community and makes a lasting difference. She must fulfill requirements related to leadership, career exploration and community service. Before beginning their Girl Scout Gold Award project, girls must complete prerequisites that allow them to discover new skills, connect with others and take action to address a local or global issue or need, and brainstorm innovative ways to solve these problems. Each girl must take leadership in planning and implementing her project, and work with others in the community to act on her plan.
For her project, “Benches in the Woods,” Sarah focused on creating an area in an underutilized forest that could be used by classes and students. She designed sustainable benches using treated lumber and galvanized hardware, then led a team to build the benches. Her design will be used to create more benches. Girl Scouts, teachers and students are now able to fully enjoy and use the outdoor forest area for educational experiences.
Congratulations on earning your Girl Scout Gold Awards, Sarah and Haley!
This summer we’re featuring randomly selected Bronze, Silver and Gold Award recipients on our blog. Stay tuned for more stories about Girl Scouts who’ve made a difference in their community!