The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. Once achieved, it shows colleges, employers, and more the power of a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™. Each week leading up to the Gold Award Recognition Ceremony, GSOSW is highlighting Golf Award Girl Scouts, and sharing their amazing Gold Award projects. Check out this week’s highlights of go-getting, innovating, risk-taking Gold Award Girl Scouts—young women who are changing the world!
Girl Scout Gold Award Weekly Highlights
Cathryne (CJ) Wyland
Dresses for Africa
Cathryne (CJ) Wyland oversaw a project to obtain materials and sew dresses for girls in Africa. With the help of volunteers, she procured the needed sewing supplies and fabric, prepared the materials, created "how-to" instructions, secured a location, borrowed sewing machines and held two all-day sewing sessions. Since all but one of her volunteers did not know how to sew, she taught them the basics of sewing with the help of adult mentors. As a result of her efforts, she was able to ship 72 dresses to Little Dresses for Africa and has left her instructional materials with her high school's clothing and textiles teacher for future use.
Madison noticed that children at her local hospital--both patients and visitors--needed activities to do while waiting for treatment. Working with staff at the hospital, she and her volunteers made kits with activities geared to various age groups for distribution by the hospital.
Sydney organized an event to increase awareness of teen sexual assault. As part of the event, she displayed 198 pairs of jeans, each pair represented one teen who reported sexual assault in Oregon in 2016. The visual impact of the jeans helped people realize it's more than just a number.
Madisyn organized a Girls Expo event at the Portland Expo Center focused on connecting young women to organizations and activities that aligns with their passions. This free event encouraged girls to discover and participate in projects and community causes that interest them.
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