This year, 74 Girl Scouts from eastern Massachusetts earned the prestigious Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. To achieve this award, girls must demonstrate leadership by creating a sustainable change to address a community issue. They dedicate over 80 hours of hard work to these projects, and their commitment shows! Check out some of this year’s Gold Award Girl Scouts and their impressive projects:
Audrey from Lincoln created a financial literacy curriculum for middle school girls that covered budgeting, the stock market, insurance, salaries, credit cards, taxes, loans, and more.
Eliza from Framingham created an educational program about the stigma surrounding menstruation and the lack of access to feminine hygiene products as it relates to girls and women in America and the developing world, as well as homeless and incarcerated women. She also conducted two feminine hygiene product drives.
Vineetha from Franklin created art kits for pediatric and adult patients. She reached out to different groups in the community for art supply donations, and distributed the kits to three local hospitals. She also provided nurses with tutorials for utilizing the art kits with patients.
Madeline from Westwood hosted a series of STEM workshops for girls that focused on engineering, computer science, research, and chemistry. Each day included hands-on activities: making animations with the programming language Scratch, learning the science of potato chips, conducting forensic science experiments, detecting iodine in salts, testing pH levels with cabbage juice, and more.
Danielle from Acton built a pollinator garden and bee boxes in her town’s new community garden. She also created educational flyers and hosted awareness workshops about the importance of bees.
Holland from Boston created a summer basketball league for girls in her community, since there was only one offered to boys. She facilitated the space and resources and gathered support from sponsors and local government representatives. Holland also arranged for local female business owners to attend each night and speak with the girls about their experiences overcoming obstacles and achieving their goals.
Molly from Nahant established a recycling program for girls. They created charts to track their recycling progress, and distributed recycling bins with signs depicting the correct materials for each receptacle. They then conducted clean-ups at a local park to restore the community landmark.
Isabel from Westford established a club at her school dedicated to mental health awareness. With members of the club, Isabel provided teachers with resources for when a student seeks help, and provided “mental health ally” stickers to display in their classrooms. She also hosted an inaugural mental health awareness night for the community that featured a question and answer session with a panel of mental health professionals.
Kelly from Littleton created an archery club for middle and high school students and raised funds for bow kits and instructor certifications. They practiced archery and developed skills related to safety, teamwork, coordination, and mental excellence. Julia also created an educational booklet about competitive archery, which she distributed to other Massachusetts schools.
Isabelle from Chelmsford built a large wooden shelving unit for students in the music program to properly and safely store their instruments, and created a series of educational videos on instrument care.