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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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The Best Part of Summer? Girl Scout Day Camp!

September 23, 2013

By Tiffany S., GSNCCP Girl Board Member

My name is Tiffany and I’m one of the Girl Board Members for Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines. There are tons of things I could write about, but I want to tell you about an aspect of Girl Scouting that means a lot to me – Day camp!

Every kid longs for the end of school in June. The hot, sunny days. Playing ball. Laying on the beach soaking in some rays. Sounds like a perfect summer, right?

The one thing that comes to my mind about summer is that I get to attend day camp at Camp Mary Atkinson. I have been a day camper since 2004 and have loved every minute including meeting new friends, learning songs, and participating in swimming and archery. As I got older, I decided to become a program aide (PA), which is a teen Girl Scout who helps the unit leaders and staff during day camp.  Attending day camp had been such a wonderful experience for me that I wanted to share it with the next generation of Girl Scouts!

IMG_1188This past summer I served as a PA for Johnston County Day Camp at Camp Mary Atkinson. The best part about being a PA is that I’m now a leader for  younger girls and even though I’m a teen, the unit leaders treat me as an adult.  I get to lead younger girls in camp songs and skits and still participate in camp activities like canoeing, making crafts and climbing the Alpine Tower. Day camp also gives me a chance to make new friends as well as to see old friends who may attend different schools.

Next year will be my last year as a PA. It will be a bittersweet end to a great Girl Scout experience. I will miss the girls, the sounds of laughter in the pool, s’mores and songs around the campfire. I will miss the squeals or shrieks  from the first time climber on the Alpine Tower when she says she cannot continue because she’s too scared, but is proud to have reached the top. But I think the one thing I will miss most about day camp is the friendships I made there. Nothing compares to Johnston County Day Camp.

Have you attended Girl Scout Day Camp? Share your experiences below and tell us what made it such a memorable experience!

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