Project Share Day 10: Girl Scouts & the Gold Award
I was active in Girl Scouts for 11 years. It was Brownies to Girl Scouts.
Living in Glen Rock NJ, Girl Scouts was a big part of my development. My friends and I would hang out and do activities to collect badges for our sashes. Activities including car maintenance, arts and crafts, selling cookies (I was never a fan), and ice skating at Rockefeller Center (photo below). Spending time with strong females who care and support each other built my foundation of trust with other women. I love these ladies.
In 1993, 5 of us were honored with the Gold Award. “Starting in 1916, the best and brightest undertook projects that improved their communities—and the world. And since 1980, the Gold Award has inspired girls to find the greatness inside themselves and share their ideas and passions with their communities.”
This leadership award is special to me and my friends and marks the first time 5 from the same troop receives this honor. We celebrate our accomplishment with our families and friends at a ceremony in the high school theater. Congratulation letters from all around, pour in including a letter from the President of the United States.
Our project creates the ability for emergency vehicles, i.e. fire and ambulance, to notify a house and bring help where in need. Myself, my teammates, and our families, spent the prior summer painting the house numbers on the curb in front of the homes in our whole town. I remember one day in the hot heat of summer sitting on the side of the road with my stencils and spray paint not giving up. Tiredness set in, it was late in the day, and my father & brother, who are helping me, call it quits for the day. I keep going, knowing that it will be all over soon.
I so appreciate all the work that my family put in that summer. It was my first attempt at delegation. I think it went pretty well. 🙂 and the town was really appreciative of all the work we accomplished.
Thank you to my Girl Scout friends all over the world. You have made it impact on me and I’m honored to have shared that time with you. I would love a reunion soon!