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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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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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