Frisco teen earns Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts
This spring, a teen from Frisco is receiving the Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts. Elizabeth Champion has demonstrated exceptional dedication to the Girl Scout Law’s commitment to “making the world a better place” through her community service.
“Girl Scouts of Colorado serves more than 33,000 girls, and it’s quite an accomplishment to be one of only 40 to 50 in the state each year who earn this distinguished award,” said Megan Ferland, president and CEO of Girl Scouts of Colorado. “These girls have pursued a personal passion and are leaving a Girl Scout legacy that meets a need within their community. They have also gained valuable leadership skills that will last them a lifetime.”
For her Gold Award project, Elizabeth Champion collected and assembled care packages of baby items, which included items such as rocking chair pads, diapers and wet wipes, to help mothers in need. She donated the items to a non-profit organization, Mommy Rocks.
To collect the items for this project, Elizabeth put donation boxes out around her community. After she found out that many of these boxes were being used as trash bins instead of donation bins, Elizabeth spent a day at City Market soliciting donations from the public. This was an extremely hard process, as many people ignored her or gave her non-friendly glares. However, she stuck with it, and by day’s end, she had a box overflowing with donations.
Elizabeth then worked to put together a volunteer group to assemble the care packages.
“Planning a Gold Award project involves much self-discipline as well as stepping from the confines of comfort and doing something that challenges, making growth as a person come out as a result,” she said.
Elizabeth’s project helped nearly 50 moms. It also provided some additional baby items and a presence for Mommy Rocks in the Summit County area.
As the highest award a teen Girl Scout can earn, the prestigious Gold Award is the single most demanding award that a Girl Scout strives toward, and it’s not unusual for a girl to put in more than 200 hours to fulfill the requirements. Leadership, determination, perseverance and creativity – skills developed through the progressing levels of the Girl Scout program – are necessary to successfully complete the project. The essence of the Gold Award is a personal challenge for a girl to stretch her skills and abilities and step forward as a leader to meet a community need for which she has a passion and a will to create a sustainable change.
For more information or to volunteer, visit http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org.
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