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 Caitlynn, 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?
For my Gold Award project, I created an assistive technology lending library at the Free Public Library in my town. I donated 2 Apple iPads loaded with apps as well as different non-technology tools that help students with different learning disabilities. Through the completion of my project, I hope to have helped families with children with special needs in my community navigate assistive technology. I also raised awareness as to how assistive technology can help students with learning disabilities, and how it is a necessity for these students, rather than a crutch.
What did you learn about yourself by working on this project?
By working on this project, I learned a lot about myself. In order to complete my Gold Award project, I had to communicate with and present to a lot of people. Through this, I realized that I can achieve many things when I step out of my comfort zone. I also learned that I have the ability to unify many different people in order to achieve a common goal. I learned a lot of skills that have made me a better leader, specifically time management, organization, and communication. Through the completion of my Gold Award project, I gained a lot of confidence and realized that I am truly capable of doing great things.
What advice would you give to other Girl Scouts thinking about going for the Gold?
I would definitely recommend going for the Gold Award. I learned so much about myself through my project and I am extremely happy that I completed it. I would advise other Girl Scouts to choose a topic that they are really passionate about so they love working on their project and are able to put all of their effort into it. I would also recommend setting strict deadlines so they stay on track, as well as maintaining good communication with their troop and project advisors.
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