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 Samantha, 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?
Childhood obesity is a growing American epidemic. My Gold Award provided kids with healthy eating skills and habits that will positively impact the rest of their lives. I created a website with instructional step by step videos that kids can use at home to cook nutritious and delicious meals. I also taught cooking and nutrition classes to kids in my community and school to get them excited about healthy eating.
What did you learn about yourself by working on this project?
From working on this project I realized that I really love to work with kids. In the future I want to work in medicine and after teaching so many kids during my nutrition and cooking classes, I am considering working in pediatrics. It is so rewarding to know that I made such a positive impact on a child’s future.
What advice would you give to other Girl Scouts thinking about going for the Gold?
To any Girl Scout who is thinking about pursuing their Gold Award, I would say to truly make it about something you are passionate about. This project is a lot of work but it is also a lot of fun if you pick a topic that is important to you. Determine what you are good at and use those skills to your advantage. I love nutrition and cooking so I decided to combine the two to make a difference!
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