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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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3 Tips for Completing Your Girl Scout Gold Award Proposal

October 8, 2013

By Ami P., GSNCCP Girl Board Member 

Hi again! I hope you’ve all enjoyed the Girl Scout Girl Board blog series. We’ve been having a blast!

Screen shot 2013-09-18 at 9.10.56 AMThis month I wanted to write about one of the highest honors in Girl Scouting – the Gold Award. I am currently working towards earning my Gold Award and I know a lot of girls might feel overwhelmed by it all – especially the proposal process. Teaming up with my current leader, Ms. Wanda, we’ve put together three really great tips to help girls through this process. Here we go!

Provide a detailed timeline with your proposal.

One of the questions on the proposal asks to “attach a detailed project plan.” Don’t take this instruction lightly. Type out what you plan to accomplish each month and the estimated hours it will take. Planning ahead will help you stay on track from the start. Additionally, the Gold Award Committee will be more likely to accept your proposal with limited questions if they are aware of every detail of your project and how you plan to spend your time.

Reflect before you start your project

Typically, reflection is done after the completion of a project to see what worked and what didn’t. For the Gold Award proposal, my advice would be to do the opposite. Reflect early on and think about the outcome of the project and what you will gain personally. By doing this it will make the questions on the proposal easier to answer and more genuine.

Actually talk to your project advisor

Take the opportunity to sit down with your project advisor and walk them through your proposal. Point out what you hope to achieve, how you’re communicating that to the Gold Award committee, and ensure you’ve thought through every aspect of the project. Keeping your project advisor informed gives you the opportunity to gather feedback and results in your advisor having confidence in your ability to carry out the project.

What are some tips you have for the Gold Award proposal process? What advice would you share with girls who are starting on this amazing journey?

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