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I’m Going Gold! One Girl’s Journey To Earning Her Gold Award

October 15, 2013

By Destiny O., GSNCCP Girl Board Member

Hey, it’s Destiny again from the Girl Board! I hope you’ve enjoyed all the Girl Board blog posts, we are having a blast writing them.

Recently, I finished my Girl Scout Gold Award project and I thought now would be the perfect time to tell you guys about it and the process that goes into Going Gold.

My project was called Kids Korners, yes with a K, where I created waiting areas for children at my local hospitals. I worked with CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern and Haly Burton Naval Clinic on Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point to try to make waiting areas more entertaining and less stressful for kids.

Once I received approval on my proposal, I kicked-off my project by envisioning what I wanted the waiting areas to look like. I built and painted bookshelves with my dad and I also made sure each area had a small table and chairs, along with colorful wall decals to make the space fun and inviting.

I collected book donations to fill the shelves and also created my own activity book based on the importance of reading and going to the doctor. Each activity book was printed, stapled, and then placed into a Ziploc bag with three crayons for kids to enjoy. Lastly, each bookshelf had a container of Girl Scout flyers provided to me by Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines.

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I am very proud of both my Kids Korners and they turned out better than I ever imagined! You can find the Haly Burton Naval Clinic Kids Korner in the hospital Pharmacy and the  CarolinaEast Medical Center Kids Korner is located in the Emergency Department.

For Girl Scouts who are figuring out what they want to do for their Gold Award, I suggest choosing a project you are going to enjoy. I love children and reading, and I want to be an interior designer, so being able to design the Kids Korners and bring books to the youngest generation is something I am proud of.  Pick a project you feel passionate about…it will motivate you to stick with your project and give it your all.

What are you doing to earn your Gold Award? What inspires you to go gold?

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Gold is a Girl’s Best Friend

October 14, 2013

By Cameron Howell, Girl Scout Alumni – Troop #532

IMG_6188On August 24th, Campbell University was painted gold, silver, and bronze by Girl Scouts eager to get a jump start on earning Girl Scouts’ highest awardsAll That Glitters was an event which brought girls, adult volunteers and parents together from across Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines to learn more about the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards.

Volunteers from the Kappa Delta sorority chapter at North Carolina State University could be seen smiling and helping throughout the day.  The event was held in partnership with the national sorority who welcomed Girl Scouts of the USA as one of its national philanthropies in 1998.

Girl Scouts were excited to hear from the event’s guest speaker Nanette Geiger, an opera singer that wowed the audience with a rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz. Nanette encouraged the girls in attendance to have clear goals, build their “dream team,” and to never stop chasing their biggest dreams.

Following the morning keynote, girls and adults were invited to participate in workshops where they learned important information about how to begin the process of earning their awards. Girls were then treated to displays from two Girl Scout Gold Award and two Girl Scout Silver Award recipients. The awardees brought their award letters, plaques, award paperwork, and pictures to share with the Girl Scouts. One recipient even had an award letter from the Pope himself!

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After a delicious lunch, girls participated in panels with Girl Scout Gold and Silver Award winners. It was a wonderful opportunity for girls to learn about the awards from girls just like them. Laughs were plentiful as the panelists recounted stories from their award experience.

Dr. Jennifer Latino, director of the First Year Experience at Campbell University, closed the day sharing her Girl Scout experience with the girls.  She stressed that the Girl Scout Gold Award not only builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, but it helps girls to get ahead – in their education, in the workplace, and throughout their lifetime.

What do you think would be the hardest thing about earning your Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award? What would be the greatest reward?

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