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Girl Scout Gold Award Spotlight: Gardens

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The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest and most prestigious achievement in Girl Scouting. Gold Award Girl Scouts represent a very elite group of young women with fewer than 6% of Girl Scouts earning the award annually. Recently GSWCF honor 33 Girl Scouts from west central Florida at the annual Girl Scout Gold Award Ceremony.

Started in 1916, the best and brightest have undertaken projects to improve their communities – and the world. Today, we are putting the spotlight on Gold Award Girl Scouts who create beautiful gardens for their projects. 

April, Apollo Beach

April created the Prayer Garden as a peaceful place of solitude for church members to pray and remember loved ones they have lost at Southshore United Methodist Church. With the help of volunteers, April developed a garden with a pergola, benches, plants, trees and religious statues to enhance the spiritism of those who visit. This garden had been a dream of hers and her mentor Leanne Huff who has since passed away. April is happy to fulfill their dream through her Gold Award project. 

Sabrina, Seminole

When Sabrina noticed the sitting area outside Suncoast Community Church was uninviting and posed a safety issue with unstable benches she decided to take action by developing the Communion Garden. She envisioned a beautiful place outside of the church for people to pray or to gather and fellowship. Sabrina and a team of volunteers made her vision a reality – giving the area an overhaul by adding new benches, plants and re-mulched the area. The church gardener plans to sustain the project by maintaining the area. 

Hannah Swartz

Hannah set out to improve the enivornment and reduce air pollution with her El Paso Zoo Flower Garden project. She received approval from the zoo and was designated a plot of land for her project. She coordinated a group of volunteers, received plant donations from business in the community and organized the garden set up. Through this beautification project, Hannah increased community awareness of how gardens can improve the enivorment and help reduce air pollution. The garden will be sustained by the El Paso Zoo Society. 

Learn more about other 2019 Gold Award Girl Scouts.