We are just a couple weeks away from the Gold Award Reception to honor the highest and most prestigious achievement in Girl Scouting – the Girl Scout Gold Award!
What is the Gold Award? Each year, we recognize girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable projects, marking them as accomplished members of their communities and the world.
Today, we are highlighting a few of our amazing award recipients who worked to help children and teens with their Gold Award projects. These girls identified a cause they believe in and found a way to take action. These three young ladies, along with 26 other Girl Scouts, will be recognized at the Girl Scout Gold Award Reception on June 6 from 2:00 - 5:00 pm at the Doubletree Hotel in Tampa . They all are shining examples of what is means to be a Girl Scout!
Let’s Be Friends
Brandi Bennett’s project, Let’s Be Friends, was inspired by the film The Ultimate Gift, where she discovered how lonely it can be for children admitted to hospitals when their loved ones are not around. Brandi set out on a mission to stomp out loneliness by making care baskets for sick children staying at All Children’s Hospital.
“The night I saw that movie, I decided that I wanted to make care baskets for the kids that are lonely,” said Brandi. She filled her baskets with fun activities that children can do on their own such as coloring books and puzzles.
Brandi, 19, is a Girl Scout from the Hoxie community in St. Petersburg. She is a graduate of Northeast High School and is currently pursuing a degree in nursing from St. Petersburg College.
Anchors and Angels
Understanding how difficult middle school can be for girls, Kayla Dasta set out to make a difference by encouraging positive self-esteem with her weekly devotional book, Anchors and Angels. She wrote and collected devotionals from her family, friends and counselors from Warren W. Willis UMC Camp. Kayla donated 150 copies of her book to local churches and Christian organizations. While distributing the book, she made presentations on her personal experiences. Her goal is to help girls get through difficult times with perseverance in God.
“I wanted to create a devotional book like Anchors and Angels to help younger girls through hard times I’d already been through. I thought if I had something like this during middle school I would have been a lot better off,” shared Kayla.
Kayla, 17, is a Girl Scout from the Gofer Community in Lithia. She is a student at Newsome High School and plans to study elementary education in college.
Toys for Toddlers to Teens
During a hospital stay when she was six-years-old, Rachel Goldstein was given a dolphin stuffed animal. The toy helped ease her fears of being in the hospital and this experience inspired her project Toys for Toddlers to Teens.
Rachel collected stuffed animals and toys for Guardian ad Litem, a legal program that appoints volunteers to speak on behalf of children who would not necessarily have a voice in court. She also created an online public service announcement which was displayed on the Guardian ad Litem website to bring awareness to the program.
Rachel, 17, is a Gold Scout from the Smiling Sisters Community in Tampa. She currently is a junior at Admiral Farragut Academy with career aspirations to be an electrical engineer.
What to learn more? Check out Gold Award Information.