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Week of Gold

Gold Award Girl Scouts are the dreamers and the doers who take “make the world a better place” to the next level. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the mark of the truly remarkable—proof that not only can she make a difference, but that she already has. 

The world needs Gold Award Girl Scouts more than ever now. For the week of June 1 through June 6, join us in congratulating our 2020 Gold Award Girl Scouts on earning the most highly regarded award in the world for girls. This Week of Gold is dedicated to the below 2020 Gold Award Girl Scouts—the difference makers and risk takers—on their inspiring achievement. 

Meet our 2020 Gold Award Girl Scouts, learn about their projects, and hear from them what being a Gold Award Girl Scout means to them.
Anushka—Kiwanis Park Trail Map and Marking Improvements

For her Gold Award project, Anushka created mile markers and maps for Kiwanis Park, a local nature trail and park. She graphically designed 2 maps that detailed different trail routes and handmade 14 mile markers installed throughout the park. Anushka worked with Columbia Parks and Recreation, as well as Columbia businesses to create and implement the project.

"While working on my Gold Award, I enjoyed engaging with my community. Kiwanis Park is surrounded by a residential area and over the course of my project, I met with many of the community members from the neighborhood to discuss my project and get feedback about my map designs and mile markers. I met community organizations, like the Kiwanis Club, and gained meaningful relationships with the Columbia community and businesses. My project required strict deadlines and promoted my ability to communicate with business owners, community members, and city officials. I further developed these skills which allowed me to create and implement an effective and efficient project." - Anushka

Arianna—Encouraging Reading: Building Little Free Libraries

For her Gold Award project, Arianna sought out to promote community literacy by building two Little Free Libraries to be housed at Messiah Lutheran Church and the Early Childhood Center in Nixa, Missouri. These Little Free Libraries are small, weather-proofed outdoor structures filled with books, that use the 'take a book, leave a book' system.

"My project made books more accessible to parents and children, by placing the Little Free Libraries at a centralized location, allowing children to have access to more books." - Arianna

Bailey—Growing Fun Includes Everyone

Bailey's Gold Award project addressed putting in a sensory garden at the Nixa Junior High for the special education students, and making it inclusive for students in wheelchairs.

"I hope that the students can go outside in a safe environment and plant herbs they can taste and as well as enjoy watching them grow." - Bailey


Bronwyn's Gold Award project addressed the lack of pollinators in our rural community and the need for their survival.

"I hope to show our community the need to provide places to attract the pollinators and the need to protect them. I want to get the information out to as many children, farmers, and communities as I can so they will have an understanding of why pollinators are important and why they need to be protected. Our future food supply depends on them." - Bronwyn

Chelsea—Senior Makeover Madness

Chelsea's Gold Award project helped organize and refresh the retail store at the Senior Center in her community, as well as help to make things more accessible for the senior population it serves.

"The retail store lacked organization, storage, and color on the walls, and with my decorating and design skills I worked to plan and implement these changes! I was able to create shelving units, paint the walls, and I made the store wheelchair accessible." - Chelsea

Chloe—Veterans Memorial

For her Gold Award project, Chloe cleaned up Brookside Memorial Park in Jackson, Missouri. This park honors veterans who have served in all branches of the military and resides in Cape Girardeau County.

"The park has been vandalized and neglected throughout the years, so I wanted to create a sustainable way to keep the park clean for everyone. I was able to replace plaques on benches, paint the eagle statues, power wash the concrete and benches, clean up debris around the bushes, and plant flowers and plants around the flagpole. I also worked with the Parks and Recreation Director, on a plan to keep his staff on top of yearly cleaning of the park as well." - Chloe

Emalee—Empowering Young Ladies One Experiment at a Time

Emalee's Gold Award project was aimed to inspire young girls to explore the field of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

"I chose this field and project because I am passionate about STEM, and I wanted younger girls to get this passion as well. I set up experiments that demonstrated the various aspects of STEM with elementary and middle school students." - Emalee

Erika—Super Sensory Support

For her Gold Award project, Erika addressed the issue of the lack of sensory items and resources in her community school district. The project benefited not only the students in the classrooms, but also the teachers who will be able to help their students a bit more.

"I hoped to provide students in special needs classroom with a sensory outlet to enhance their learning activities. I also wanted to impact the other students of the school district by educating them about their awesome peers and give them some insight on my project." - Erika

Julia—Bee and Butterfly Garden

With her Gold Award project, Julia addressed the declining bee and butterfly population needed to sustain the environment.

"I noticed that the root cause of the bee and butterfly population decline is due to the industrial agriculture, parasites and pathogens, and climate change. By planting milkweed, nectar, and various other plants, I am helping to promote the butterfly and bee population in the city of Branson, Missouri." - Julia

Katie—Wood Duck Habitat Conservation Project

Katie's Gold Award project was a conservation project that focused on helping replenish the population of wood ducks on Table Rock Lake.

"I noticed a few summers ago the ducks nesting grounds had washed out because of flooding and that there weren't a lot of ducks on the lake in the following seasons. When working on my project, I learned about the importance of research, planning, and community. I also was able to strengthen my wood working and leadership skills." - Katie

Layla—Summer Volunteer Program at Abou El-Reesh Children’s Hospital

For her Gold Award project, Layla created a summer volunteer program for high school students in Egypt at Abou El-Reesh Children’s Hospital.

"There is a rising need for students to fulfill certain volunteer hour requirements at their schools. However, there are not many opportunities available to high school students. I created this program at a children’s hospital in Egypt to start the process of increasing volunteer programs and to benefit the local community." - Layla

Logan—Celiac Support Group for Kids

For her Gold Award project, Logan created a celiac support group for kids in my community.

"My project was about bringing children together who has something in common that made them different and let them know they were not alone." - Logan

Marissa—Creative Upcycling Designs by Empowering Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

For her Gold Award project, Marissa worked with individuals with intellectual disabilities to upcycle greeting cards, which includes collecting old or used greeting cards to create new projects with them.

"Together we were able to collect these cards and teach individuals to recycle and become entrepreneurs. My goal was to help these individuals gain access to entrepreneurship skills, so that they can continue to develop additional retail items to sell that will better impact the community." - Marissa

Rebekah—Replanting History

Rebekah's Gold Award project rejuvenated Lincoln Memorial Cemetery by replanting old trees that were dying or falling apart.

"These trees provide shade and beauty to a place, and this cemetery had old trees that would be dead in the future leaving the cemetery bare. The new trees are there to replace the old ones, and to keep the land and memory of the people alive." - Rebekah

Sara—Butterfly Garden

Sara's Gold Award project educated young children about Butterflies, specifically Monarch Butterflies, and included growing a garden for the next classes of students at Willard North Elementary to learn about the importance of insects and plants.

"What I enjoyed most, was bring in newly hatched Monarch Butterflies. The children were fascinated when they were interacting with a butterfly on their fingers. As I was working on the project, I learned the importance of teamwork." - Sara


Thank you to our sponsors! 

A special thanks to the individuals and organizations that partnered with us to support our dreamers and doers of 2020. 

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Individual Donors

Ann Ritter
Deborah Gahan
Libby Mobley
Lindsey Godfrey