What is the Girl Scout Gold Award?
The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. This prestigious award challenges you to take action to change the world.
In 2013 Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland was pleased to honor 23 girls as recipients of the Girl Scout Gold Award.
GSMH Girls Take Action
Methma: The project: Natural Growth
Methma worked to educate others on the importance of composting, including presenting a compost curriculum to a local elementary school. By working with younger students and a community garden, her project should have a long-lasting impact on the environment. She truly wants to make the world a better place, and to continue to be a sister to every Girl Scout.
Katie: The project: Save Pit Bulls
Katie worked to help educate the public about pit bulls and to correct the bad reputation these animals can have. Because of her work, the local humane society changed their policy of euthanizing pit bulls regardless of their behavior, and now work to assess their suitability for adoption instead. She learned that it is important to stand up and try to make a difference when she believes strongly about something.
National Young Women of Distinction Projects
These projects were completed by Girl Scouts from across the United States who were selected by GSUSA as National Young Women of Distinction.
Darragh: The project: The Voices of Time Before They Are Silenced: The Holocaust
Darragh recognized a historical loss with the passing of Holocaust survivors. She created a documentary film featuring the testimony of five Holocaust survivors, so that their stories of hope and survival would remain for future generations. Darragh was responsible for the full production, from interviews to editing, and the film was featured at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute theater and is still being shown in schools, retirement homes, and synagogues.
Erin: The project: Life’s Landing Pad
Erin’s small rural community experienced a tragic loss when a LifeFlight helicopter was unable to land in time to transport an accident victim to a hospital. After conducting some research, Erin decided her community needed a new helicopter landing pad to protect future accident victims. She engaged with her community, writing articles for the local paper, speaking with local businesses, and presenting her plan of action at city council meetings. Erin worked closely with city managers to build the helipad and instructed them in continued care and stewardship of the landing site. To date the helipad has been used on several occasions.