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Girl Scouts Gold Award Ideas

Girl Scouts Gold Award Ideas

What is the highest Girl Scouts award? The Girl Scouts Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. I earned my Girl Scout Gold Award in 2018, at the age of sixteen. Also in 2018 I earned the Young Women of Distinction. Stroll to the end of the blog to find out more about my journey to Girl Scout Gold.

For my Girl Scout Gold Award, I created Pink LadyBug. My project focused Skin Cancer Awareness and Protection, Sun Safety. I spoke to over 500 students educating them about Skin Cancer and Sun Safety. I created educational sun kits. They included sunglasses, sun screen, lip balm, sun safety | skin cancer information card.

Girl Scouts, Go get your Girl Scouts Gold Award. You can do, it's not easy but it's worth it. The process taught me a lot. How to handle adults asking questions. The community asked me a lot of questions, why? who? when?, etc. I was in a room standing with about 10 adults. They were sitting at a banquet table, stare at me, asking questions. I was prepared with facts, after approval, I was thrilled with the end results. Girl Scout Gold Award Alumni.

Read more about my project here:

The Girl Scouts Gold Award is the most prestigious award that Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors can earn. Fulfilling the requirements for the Gold Award starts with completing two Senior or Ambassador Journeys or having earned the Silver Award and completing on Senior or Ambassador Journey. The Gold Award is the highest achievement within the Girl Scouts of the USA. Only 5.4% of eligible Girl Scouts successfully earn the Gold Award.

  • Create educational games

  • Create a website

  • Write a blog

  • Make a video about self-love, confidence, or interviews with veterans

  • Create a PSA

  • Create a social media campaign

  • Create tutorials to teach something

  • Create a comic book

  • Put together a collection or organize a drive to create awareness on your chosen topic

  • Create activity kits for afterschool programs

  • Prepare emergency kits for families, and bring awareness about emergency preparedness

  • Organize a community festival to highlight an issue you would like to address

  • Paint schools, benches, libraries, fences, or remove and update paint

  • Makeover school bathrooms (address issues like stall doors not closing, the lack of sanitary pads, etc.)

  • Run an extreme couponing campaign for your local pantry

  • Beautify your local library, school, bathrooms, or local park

  • Create petitions for children's playgrounds to install new equipment

  • Create petitions to create a dog park in your neighborhood

  • Plan to create a local garden

  • Start a recycling campaign

  • Conduct research and inform communities about an issue your community is facing.

  • Conduct workshops about art, anti-bullying, etc.

  • Bring awareness to a medical disease

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Find me on my local news station speaking about Girl Scouts Gold Award Project.

Girl Scout creating nonprofit to educate teens about skin cancer

600 'Sun Kits' passed out to schools, events

" KISSIMMEE, Fla. – A 16-year-old Girl Scout is creating a nonprofit to educate hundreds of teenagers about the dangers of skin cancer. Sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses: Jacklyn Dougherty has been packing these items into small educational kits. "I had to make like 600 of these," she said. Dougherty, along with the Boys & Girls Club of Kissimmee, has been handing out the "Sun Kits" to hundreds of students at high schools in Osceola County. Each one is wrapped in labels with her brand “Pink Ladybug,” along with the link to her website created to spread skin cancer awareness. “Because it didn't really hit in their family yet, well they got educated about it because of me,” said Dougherty. Her grandfather who she affectionately called “Poppy” has battled different types of skin cancer. And while the kits were certainly memorable for teens, she hopes they walk away with a more powerful message about the real risks associated with melanoma. "It’s a deadly form of skin cancer, and I got this from having too much sun," said Jack Dougherty, her grandfather. In order to buy all the supplies for the Sun Kits, Dougherty used her own birthday money and spent hours wrapping and packing each bag. Her goal was to reach 20 students in order to qualify for the Girl Scouts of Citrus Council Gold Award, but soon after she started she was getting calls back from events and organizations in her community welcoming her presentation. "I actually really got emotional, I, like, cried every time I brought up my grandfather got skin cancer,” said Dougherty, “because it's really close to my heart.” But she fought through the tears, in every presentation, knowing that if one student heard her message about skin cancer she could save a life. After all her hard work, Dougherty gave her presentation to 600 kids in Central Florida. On June 9, the Girl Scouts presented Dougherty with the Gold Award, the highest achievement earned by Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts. It was her sixteenth birthday, and Dougherty’s grandfather stood in the audience. Just like the pink ladybug in all her kits, Dougherty’s message is taking off. "I wanted to turn it into a nonprofit, and make it into a nonprofit organization to make it everlasting. I didn't want to just stop where I just taught the 600 students. I kind of want to make sure I touch everybody about skin cancer," Dougherty said."

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Thank you Kirstin O’Connor for interviewing me about my girl scouts gold award.

Teenage girl starts nonprofit to prevent skin cancer

OSCEOLA COUNTY PUBLISHED 7:31 PM ET JUN. 18, 2018 " KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Sixteen-year-old Jacklyn Dougherty doesn’t mind wearing long sleeves and a hat when she’s outside. She just wants to make sure she’s protected from the sun.

  • Dougherty inspired by Grandfathers diagnosis

  • Created “Pink Ladybug” nonprofit

  • Nonprofit educates young girls on sun safety

“My vision is that I want to see a world with no skin cancer,” Jacklyn said. Jacklyn recalls spending some of her childhood at hospitals visiting Poppy, her grandfather who was diagnosed with melanoma. While her grandpa survived skin cancer, he’s had to go through several surgeries and continues to have dark spots removed. “I was like, in the hospital and I didn't really know what skin cancer was when I was a younger child of course, so I had to educate myself,” Jacklyn said. Jacklyn recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award for her soon to be nonprofit Pink Ladybug. She has visited hundreds of students in different churches and schools to teach them sun safety and to hand out sun kits -- with sunscreen, sunglasses and lip balm. Jacklyn has used her savings for that and to make a website which has educational information. “She has a heart of gold. For her to give out her own earnings, to give to other students… its heart warming.” her mother, Joni Dougherty said. Jacklyn doesn’t want anyone to go through what Poppy did and therefore will continue to encourage people to protect themselves from the dangers of the sun. “I think everybody should be educated about skin cancer awareness, not just the 600 students I did,” Jacklyn said. “I think it should be everybody across the whole nation and country.”


Thank you Stephanie Bechara for interviewing me about my girl scouts gold award.

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