Open to girls in high school only, the Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls (and the most difficult to earn), and it’s available exclusively to Girl Scouts.
When you earn the Gold Award, you can tackle the issues most important to you. Gold Award Girl Scouts are inspiring leaders who are working on a broad range of the most challenging problems facing our world today—from human trafficking to ocean pollution to education access to expanded STEM training for girls in underserved communities.
Learn more about GSHNJ Gold Award Girl Scout Audrey, how she tackled her Gold Award project, and what advice she has for girls looking to earn their Gold Award.
How did your project make the world a better place?
My mini pantry boxes are helping individuals and families in my community who are struggling to keep enough food on the table. The mini pantries cannot supply all their needs, but can help them get through to the next paycheck.
What did you learn about yourself by working on this project?
I learned that I am capable of interacting with and presenting myself in a professional manner to town officials, businesses, and organizations while speaking about approvals and donations. I also learned how to use different power and hand tools to build my project. And I was happy to discover that my community is very supportive of my project with their words of encouragement, compliments, and their willingness to donate food items to my pantries.
What advice would you give to other Girl Scouts thinking about going for the Gold?
My advice would be to start thinking of ideas and planning as soon as possible. Start right away as soon as you finish your Journeys. It takes a lot longer than you think to get council approvals, town approvals, or permission for the project locations. Plus if you’re building something, there could always be surprises that occur, including the “oops, I didn’t measure twice, cut once.” Depending on your type of project, weather can also be an unexpected factor!
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