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Tips for Going Gold: Working with the Girl Scout Gold Award Committee

February 1, 2016

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By Eileen Miller, Program Director

When a girl decides to #GoGold and earn her Girl Scout Gold Award, you can see the spark of change ignite within her. She’s ready to make an impact, big and small, and is dedicated to creating a sustainable project within her community. Since council unification in 2007, Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines has presented this prestigious award to nearly 500 girls who have pursued their passions for community service and a commitment to making the world a better place. These Girl Scouts are beyond impressive and we are so proud of all they have accomplished.

If your girl is considering earning her Girl Scout Gold Award, we know the process can seem overwhelming and a little scary. But here’s the good news! With a team of caring and supportive adults cheering her on, the award process doesn’t have to be daunting. In addition to a girl’s family and troop support, our council has a volunteer-driven Girl Scout Gold Award Committee which serves as a resource for girls.

The committee plays an integral role in reviewing, corresponding and supporting girls throughout the proposal and final report process. It is comprised of 12 dedicated volunteers who give their time willingly to help girls be successful, accomplish their goals, and carry out the mission of Girl Scouting.

Listen to what two committee members have to say about their experience:

“I enjoy serving on the Gold Award Committee because it gives me the opportunity to see all the wonderful things our young ladies are doing to serve their fellow man. We hear so many negative things about teenagers and the committee gives me the opportunity to see the positive ways these young ladies are impacting their community. Because of their perseverance they are able to accomplish their goals and bring about positive change.” – Emily Hayne

“As a member of our Council’s Gold Award Committee, I have been very privileged to see how the Girl Scout Gold Award has made a positive impact on the lives of many of our Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors. Just as our mission statement says the Gold Award process builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place on a daily and ongoing basis.” – Lori Winkelstein

So, how does the committee support a #GoGold Girl?

  • Each girl is assigned a committee member as her liaison to help guide her through the process and to be a resource as questions arise.
  • Requested edits and changes throughout the development of a proposal and a final report are normal and serve to strengthen a submission.
  • A proposal and final report are reviewed to provide constructive input and allow for the greatest success.
  • Feedback by a committee liaison is provided to propel a girl toward success.

Interested in learning more? Visit the Council’s website for upcoming award workshops. For questions or more information visit the Girl Scout Gold Award page or send an email to Girlawards@nccoastalpines.org.

Did you know 2016 is the 100th birthday of the Girl Scout Gold Award? We’ll be celebrating all year.

 

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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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