Girl Scouts of West Central Florida

Girl Scout Gold Award Projects

Below is a sample list of past Gold Award projects. Click on the links to learn more about the projects and the Gold Award recipient.

A Kid’s View to Looking at Lakeland
Above the Scars
Best Buddies
Bicycling and Pedestrian Safety
Cemetery Database
Create-A-Show Theatre
Dnt Txt ‘n’ Drv
Drive Safe 5k
Fostering Memories
Health Fair and Sight Night
Hook a Good Book
Lend a Hand
Looking @ Learning: Life Science
Making Special Memories for Special Needs Kids at Buddy Baseball
Mangrove Marine Life
Operation ART – Artistic Rehabilitation Therapy
Our History
Plant a Seed and Read
Roots for Peace
Safety with a Man’s Best Friend
Salt Marsh Sowing
Signing with Stingrays
Teen Dating Violence
Teen Life Talks
The Story of Your Life
The VanOosting Log Cabin

 

A Kid’s View to Looking at Lakeland by Angelica B.
“A Kid’s View to Looking at Lakeland” is a booklet designed for children to learn about historic downtown Lakeland, and Angelica’s Gold Award project. In addition to distributing the booklets throughout her community, an electronic file is available for download on the Lakeland Public Library’s website. She is a senior at George Jenkins High School, and plans to attend college to major in nursing, minor in math and become a nurse anesthetist. Angelica previously earned her Girl Scout Bronze and Silver awards.

Above the Scars by Amber M.
Cutting, substance abuse, and domestic and dating violence were brought to the forefront through Amber’s Gold Award project, “Above the Scars.” The county-wide fair brought together agencies with similar concerns to address the community on these issues. Amber currently attends Flagler College and plans to pursue museum studies at George Washington University.  She previously earned her Girl Scout Silver Award.

Best Buddies by Kristina Z.
“Best Buddies,” Kristina’s Gold Award project, advocated for the inclusion of students with mental health disabilities. In doing so, she created a club wherein disabled students are paired off to create friendships within the high school. Kristina is a senior at East Lake High School.

Bicycling and Pedestrian Safety by Alexandra J.
For her project, “Bicycling and Pedestrian Safety,” Alexandra created and taught a one-week pedestrian and bicycling safety course for students in grades K-3.third graders who attended a local day camp. She combined multimedia, play, stories, interactive quizzing and hands-on learning to make it fun. Alexandra is a junior at St. Petersburg Catholic School. She previously earned her Girl Scout Bronze and Silver awards.

Cemetery Database by Kimberly J.
Kimberly’s Gold Award project, “Cemetery Database,” resulted in a virtual cemetery database full of information and logistics of The American Legion Cemetery. The locations of the headstones within the cemetery are also available on Google Earth. Kimberly is a senior at Riverview High School and plans to study medicine at the University of South Florida upon graduation. She previously earned her Girl Scout Bronze and Silver awards.

Create-A-Show Theatre by Carolyn H.
Carolyn’s Gold Award project, “Create-A-Show Theatre,” advocated for the arts in foster facilities. She created a puppet show theatre for kids to learn about theatre, being creative and learning unity by working as a team. Carolyn worked with a team of volunteers and together they created a book full of plays that revolve around morals. She currently attends the University of Florida and would like to pursue a career in medicine. Carolyn previously earned her Girl Scout Bronze and Silver awards.

Dnt Txt ‘n’ Drv by Rebekah B.
Rebekah’s Gold Award project stemmed from personal tragedy. After a close friend returned from serving in Iraq only to be killed in a car accident, Rebekah created “Dnt Txt ‘n’ Drv.” Through her project, she educated her home school community about the dangers of distracted driving, namely texting and driving. Her work took her to statewide home school groups, and eventually the creation of a resource website. Rebekah is currently a freshman at St. Petersburg College. She previously earned her Girl Scout Bronze and Silver awards. Click here to watch a video of Rebekah talking about her project on Positively Tampa Bay.

Drive Safe 5k by Elizabeth H.
The “Drive Safe 5k,” Elizabeth’s Gold Award project, was a 5k race that raised awareness and educated the community about the dangers of reckless and unsafe driving. Each runner signed a safe driving pledge at the end of the race.  Elizabeth is a freshman at Florida Gulf Coast University where she is studying early childhood education. She previously earned her Girl Scout Bronze and Silver awards.

Fostering Memories by Sarah C.
“Fostering Memories,” Sarah’s Gold Award project, gave the foster children at the Kids’ Place – a licensed residential group care provider for abused, neglected, or abandoned children – a true sense of self. Each personalized Life Book records the child’s life, how that child entered foster care, the child’s experiences while in foster care, and feelings along the way. Sarah is a freshman at Gulf Coast University where she is majoring in psychology. A Girl Scout for 13 years, she previously earned her Girl Scout Bronze and Silver awards.

Health Fair and Sight Night by Melissa M.
Melissa’s Gold Award project, “Health Fair and Sight Night,” advocated the need for basic medical care for the financially needy. More than 275 people benefited from the fair, where they had health screenings that included sight, blood pressure and hearing tests. In addition, Melissa arranged for children to collect eyeglasses in lieu of candy during the Halloween season. That effort led to more than 400 pairs of glasses collected and distributed areas where eyewear is unavailable. Melissa is a sophomore at St. Petersburg High School. She previously earned the Girl Scout Silver Award.

Hook a Good Book by Brittany S.
“Hook a Good Book,” Brittany’s Gold Award project, focused on the declining literacy rates in high poverty areas. Through her project, she created a volunteer position to work with children on literacy, and collected books for a local elementary school. Brittany is a graduating senior at Chamberlin High School, and plans to study clinical psychology and business at Florida State University. She previously earned her Girl Scout Bronze and Silver awards.

Lend a Hand by Alexandrea T.
“Lend a Hand,” Alexandrea’s Gold Award project, did just that at a food bank at a local crisis center. She created a cookbook recipes using commonly-donated foods so that recipients would know of all the delicious dishes that could be made. Alexadrea is a senior at Wharton High School and plans to major in pre-law at Florida State University. She previously earned her Girl Scout Silver Award.

Looking @ Learning: Life Science by Jessica C.
Knowing the importance of the FCATs, Monica created “Looking @ Learning: Life Science” to assist students and teachers in preparation of the annual test. In addition to two science videos she created for Marion County Public Schools, she developed a website on which to feature the videos, as well as posted them on YouTube, expanding her audience. Jessica is a junior at Forest High School in Ocala, and plans to study film production in college. She previously earned her Girl Scout Bronze and Silver awards.

Making Special Memories for Special Needs Kids at Buddy Baseball by Michelle S.
“Making Special Memories for Special Needs Kids at Buddy Baseball” wasn’t just special for Michelle, but for all the children her Gold Award project enriched. She gave these children lasting memories with a team photography event for their families. Michelle is a sophomore atC. Leon King Senior High School and plans to attend dental school after graduation. She previously earned her Girl Scout Bronze and Silver awards.

Mangrove Marine Life by Brittany B.
Brittany scoured the bottom of a lagoon at the Honeymoon Island State Park in search of adolescent marine organisms for her Gold Award project, “Mangrove Marine Life.” Once the marine organisms were collected, Brittany researched to determine the scientific names of each species. The findings were then used in presentations and on an educational sign posted at the lagoon in a kiosk, a field guide and PowerPoint presentation for the rangers to use during educational and netting programs. Brittany is a senior at Lakeside Christian School and plans on attending Texas Christian University. She previously earned her Girl Scout Bronze and Silver awards.

Operation ART – Artistic Rehabilitation Therapy by Nichole F.
The children who attend afterschool programs at Circle C Ranch benefitted from Nichole’s project, “Operation ART – Artistic Rehabilitation Therapy.” Not only did they benefit, but the children got to help her design and create a large playmat on which they can ride tricycles, bikes, or other ways to ride to learn the rules of the road. Nichole is freshman at St. Petersburg College where she is studying physical therapy. She previously earned her Girl Scout Bronze and Silver awards.

Our History by Michelle N.
Fourth graders and their teachers at Lutz Elementary School benefited from Michelle’s Gold Award project, “Our History.” The school also benefited, receiving a totebag filled with notebooks, photos, crafts, toys, information and instructions that can be used annually as the fourth graders study Florida history. Michelle currently attends Catawba College in North Carolina. She previously earned her Girl Scout Bronze and Silver awards.

Plant a Seed and Read by Andrea E.
Andrea tackled the issue of literacy in children that are in the hospital long-term with her Gold Award project, “Plant a Seed and Read.” In doing so, she created a sustainable literacy corner for children at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Andrea is a graduating senior at Chamberlin High School and plants to study nursing in the fall at the University of Florida. She previously earned her Girl Scout Bronze and Silver awards.

Roots for Peace by Jamila B.
Jamila’s Gold Award project, “Roots for Peace,” culminated in a festival to help spread awareness of the plight of the children of Northern Uganda and the surrounding areas, hosted by Global Outreach, a club created by Jamila. The festival included activity booths, crafts, businesses, music and food. As a result of her work, Jamila received the Soroptomist Violet Richardson Award, Athena Young Women of Promise Award, U.S. Congress Outstanding Service Coin of Excellence, Coca-Cola Regisonal Scholar, IBM T.J Watson Scholar, Kids are Heroes Honoree, and the Anne Frank Humanitarian Award. Jamila is senior from Paul R. Wharton High School. She previously earned her Girl Scout Bronze and Silver awards.

Safety with a Man’s Best Friend by Sarah M.
“Safety with a Man’s Best Friend” is Sarah’s Gold Award project, through which she created an educational program that included video and paper formats for Hospice workers on how to be safe in others’ homes with their pets during a tough time in a family’s lives. Sarah is a freshman at the University of Florida.

Salt Marsh Sowing by Alicia K.
Alicia’s leadership skills shined through during her Gold Award project, “Salt Marsh Sowing.” Over the course of 17 extensively-planned months, she led a team of 90 volunteers as they planted 5,000 salt marsh plugs in the waters around the Tampa Bay area. Alicia is a graduating senior at St. Petersburg High School. She previously earned her Girl Scout Bronze and Silver awards. Click here to watch a video of Alicia talking about her project on Positively Tampa Bay.

Signing with Stingrays by Lauren G.
Through her Gold Award project, “Signing with Stingrays,” Lauren raised awareness of the need for more deaf and hard of hearing materials at local attractions. To meet the need, she created a program wherein a local sign language club translates live shows at The Florida Aquarium on a monthly basis. Lauren also created a video of one of the more popular shows to be able to be used when a translator is not available. Lauren is a graduating senior at Sunlake High School and plans to study marine biology and sign language when she attends college in the fall. She previously earned her Girl Scout Silver Award.

Teen Dating Violence by Katherine J.
Katherine’s Gold Award project, “Teen Dating Violence,” focused to raise awareness of abusive teen dating relationships via educational workshop, and other various mediums. The Spring of Tampa Bay is integrating her project into the center’s monthly programming throughout Hillsborough County. Katherine currently attends the University of Tampa.She previously earned her Girl Scout Bronze and Silver awards.

Teen Life Talks by Jennifer S.
For her Gold Award project, Jennifer created “Teen Life Talks,” a one-night program that reinforced the importance of making responsible decisions when dealing with teen pregnancy. Jennifer is a senior at St. Petersburg Catholic High School and plans to attend college after graduation. She previously earned the Girl Scout Bronze and Silver awards.

The Story of Your Life by Katelyn R.
“The Story of Your Life,” Katelyn’s Gold Award project, addresses the problem of illiteracy among school aged children. She hosted a reading program at Bailey Elementary School and helped them celebrate Clifford the Big Red Dog’s Birthday, featuring four reading centers, a technology presentation, a book walk and a visit from Clifford himself. Katelyn is currently studying community health at Florida Gulf Coast University. She previously earned her Girl Scout Bronze and Silver awards.

The VanOosting Log Cabin by Amber V.
Amber worked for a year and half restoring the log cabin at the Pinellas Pioneer Settlement. Hours of manual labor went into Amber’s Gold Award project, “The VanOosting Log Cabin.” Working alongside a team of volunteers, she restored the log cabin at the Pinellas Pioneer Settlement, and then wrote a book about the restoration for historical records. Amber is a senior at St. Petersburg High School and plans to attend St. Pete College. She previously earned her Girl Scout Bronze and Silver awards.

Gold Award Spotlight: Positively Tampa Bay

Check out this video of 2012 Gold Award Recipients Rebekah B. and Alicia K.discussing their Gold Award projects on ABC Action News' Positively Tampa Bay.

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