Letter from Gold Awardee, Megan

Hello Cathy,
I hope you’re having a great summer and all is well! During my first week of summer I traveled to Europe with my family. We were able to visit the highlights of Rome all in a day, experience some Flamenco dancing in Spain and even got to walk down the famous La Rambla street in Barcelona.

Once we returned it was straight back to school for me! I decided to stay at UCSB and take some summer school classes to get ahead. Along with that came moving into my very first apartment. What an exciting experience this has been! Much better than the dorms, but also a very good experience. I had a lot of fun apartment shopping and getting everything ready for school. School has been going very well and fall quarter is just around the corner and I’m excited for a new year filled with new adventures!

I hope everyone fully enjoyed their summer!
Love,
Megan and Hope

Cassidee’s Gold Award eases pain

According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 12, 549,000 people currently in the United States have or are battling cancer. The process of fighting cancer is different for everyone, but overall is a painful experience. Even the little day to day things, like wearing a seatbelt, become painful.

When cancer patients have a port surgically installed to receive treatment, it is placed right where a seatbelt would go, causing discomfort. Girl Scout Cassidee S. from Bakersfield recognized that this was a common complaint shared by her best friend and her mother’s friends who all dealt with cancer. She decided to do something – Project Port Pillow was born.

Cassidee made hundreds of Port Pillows, which are 5-by-5-inch pillows with a Velcro strap that goes over the port to relieve the pain. These pillows were delivered with a inspirational message for the patients. This project and Cassidee’s hard work earned her the Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. Earning the Gold Award requires hours of planning and implementing a challenging, large-scale project that is innovative, engages others, and has a lasting impact on its targeted community. Cassidee not only earned her Gold Award, but her story and her project inspired others to make their own Port Pillows to donate to cancer patients.

Cassidee’s project was shared widely by local radio stations and newspapers. Blogger Denise Portugal wrote a post about receiving a small Port Pillow at the Bakersfield Relay for Life and invited readers to make their own as a sewing project.

Read her blog at countingby12s.com/denise-portugal/chemotherapy-port-pillow/.

To the left is Cassidee at Kern Medical Center, the middle is Dr. Denise Portugal, General Surgeon, the far left is Betty, a Nurse Practitioner in the Oncology Dept. Dr. Denise Portugal wrote the blog about the project. The day photographed, Cassidee delivered 50 Port Pillows.

Girl Scout Gold Award

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award that Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts may earn. Earning the Gold Award requires many hours of planning and implementing a challenging, large-scale project that is innovative, engages others, and has a lasting impact on its targeted community with an emphasis on sustainability. By earning the Girl Scout Gold Award you will be joining the ranks of generations of young women who have made a difference both locally and globally.  Download the Gold Award Guidelines (PDF) to find out how you can take action and make the world a better place.

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Past Gold Award Projects:

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Girl Scout Gold Award Steps

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Below is an overview of requirements to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award. In order to fully understand

what councils expect from girls, please refer to the Gold Award girl guidelines, the Gold Award Adult guide, and the FAQs. For further information, please contact your local Girl Scout council.

Learn more about the Gold Award from GSUSA.

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Girl Scout Gold Award Pre-Requisites

Girls must be in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade (or equivalent) and a registered Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador

AND

Complete two Journeys (Senior or Ambassador)*

OR

Earn the Silver Award and complete one Senior or Ambassador Journey

*Girl Scout Seniors complete Senior journeys and Girl Scout Ambassadors complete Ambassador journeys

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Girl Scout Gold Award Steps

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1) Choose an issue: Use your values and skills to identify a community issue you care about.

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2) Investigate: Research everything you can about the issue.

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3) Get help: Invite others to support and take action with you.

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4) Create a plan: Create a project plan that achieves sustainable and measurable impact.

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5) Present your plan and get feedback: Sum up your project plan for your Girl Scout council.

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6) Take action: Take the lead to carry out your plan.

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7) Educate and inspire: Share what you have experienced with others.

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Video from the 2012 Gold Award Ceremony.

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Need Inspiration for your Gold Award?

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Use Map It! It is an interactive map that shows how Girl Scouts all over are changing the world! Whether it’s Gold Awards, Silver Awards, Bronze Awards, Forever Green, or Journey Take Action projects, browse what girls are doing to get inspiration and share your story!

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Upcoming Training:

Cost: $5.00 each

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Who: Cadette – Ambassador Girl Scouts, Leaders, Advisors and Parents

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Register by: 5:00 PM the day before desired training. Michelle Loyd mloyd@girlscoutsccs.org

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Date Day of Week Time Place
10/15/2012 Monday 6 to 8 pm Bakersfield Council Office
11/6/2012 Tuesday 6 to 8 pm Fresno Council Office
11/13/2012 Tuesday 6 to 8 pm Hanford/Lemoore*
12/10/2012 Monday 6 to 8 pm Bakersfield Council Office
1/9/2012 Wednesday 6 to 8 pm Fresno Council Office
2/5/2013 Tuesday 6 to 8 pm Visalia – Boy Scout Office
2/11/2013 Monday 6 to 8 pm Bakersfield Council Office
3/6/2012 Wednesday 6 to 8 pm Fresno Council Office
4/15/2013 Monday 6 to 8 pm Bakersfield Council Office
5/7/2013 Tuesday 6 to 8 pm Fresno Council Office
5/14/2013 Tuesday 6 to 8 pm Hanford/Lemoore*
6/17/2013 Monday 6 to 8 pm Bakersfield Council Office

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Gold Award Interview Dates:

Initial Project Proposals and Final Project Reports must be turned in to Michelle Loyd one week prior to the meeting date.  Although interviews in person are preferable, if the driving distance to Fresno or Kern is too far, arrangements may be made in advance to have the interview via telephone conference call.

Date Day of Week Time Place
9/11/2012 Tuesday 6:00 PM Kern
10/9/2012 Tuesday 6:00 PM Fresno
11/14/2012 Wednesday 6:00 PM Kern
12/12/2012 Wednesday 6:00 PM Fresno
1/14/2013 Monday 6:00 PM Kern
2/12/2013 Tuesday 6:00 PM Fresno
3/13/2013 Wednesday 6:00 PM Kern
4/8/2013 Monday 6:00 PM Fresno
5/15/2013 Wednesday 6:00 PM Kern
6/10/2013 Monday 6:00 PM Fresno

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History of Gold Award:

The Golden Eaglet insignia, the highest award in Girl Scouting from 1916-1939, marked the beginning of a long tradition of using prestigious awards to recognize girls who make a difference in their communities and in their own lives.

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From 1940 to 1963, the Curved Bar Award was the highest honor in Girl Scouting. From 1963 to 1980, First Class was the highest award. To achieve First Class meant that a girl was an “all-around” person with some skills in many fields and a proficiency in one. Here is a picture of Juliette Gordon Low pinning a young woman who earned her Golden Eaglet.

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Did you know? A Girl Scout who has earned her Gold Award automatically rises one rank in any of the U.S. military branches.

 

Resources:

Gold Award Packet (PDF)

Adult Gold Award Guidelines (PDF)

Adult Spanish Gold Award Guidelines (PDF)

Gold Award Training Powerpoint

Gold Award Process Flowchart

Girl Scout Internet Safety Pledge

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Use the following forms for council to help promote your Gold Award Project!

Gold Award Press Release Form (PDF)

Gold Award Event Flyer Checklist(PDF)

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Girl Scout hosted Bike Safety Rodeo to earn prestigious award

Kids grabbed their helmets, bikes, and bottles of water, and went to the Bike Safety Rodeo! Girl Scout Senior, Erica, hosted a Bike Safety Rodeo on Tuesday July 31, 2012 from 9:00AM – 12:00 PM at Buttonwillow Park & Recreation. There were games, safety tips, and obstacle courses. Best of all – the event was free to attend!

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Erica is a Senior Girl Scout at Girl Scouts of Central California South. The Bike Safety Rodeo was an event she is putting on for her Gold Award project. The Gold Award focuses on the interests of older Girl Scouts (grades 9 – 12) and their personal journey to build leadership skills, explore future careers, and advocate for others. The girls research a community issue, develop a plan, and work towards inspiring others to take action in resolving the identified issue.

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Though it has changed names over the years, the Girl Scout Gold Award has been the organization’s highest award since 1916. It represents excellence and leadership for girls everywhere!

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Facts about Girl Scouts’ highest honor, the Gold Award:

  • -Less than 6% of all Girl Scouts earn the Girl Scout Gold Award.
  • -A Girl Scout who has earned her Gold Award immediately rises one rank in any of the U.S. military branches.
  • -A growing number of colleges and universities across the country offer scholarships to girls achieving the Girl Scout Gold Award.
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To learn more about Girl Scouts awards click here!

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Pictures from Bike Safety Rodeo:

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Girl Scout hosted Water Safety seminar to earn prestigious award

The swimming pool and summertime are always a key part of a child’s summer. But not everyone is up to date on their water safety skills. Girl Scout Ambassador, Maggie, put together a workshop to teach kids  how to be safe around the water and in their pools at home. She hosted the Water Safety class on Saturday July 28 at the Wasco Veterans’ Hall for kids ages 6-10. The seminar was free to attend.

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Maggie is a Ambassador Girl Scout at Girl Scouts of Central California South. The Water Safety class was an event she put on for her Gold Award project. The Gold Award focuses on the interests of older Girl Scouts (grades 9 – 12) and their personal journey to build leadership skills, explore future careers, and advocate for others. The girls research a community issue, develop a plan, and work towards inspiring others to take action in resolving the identified issue.

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Though it has changed names over the years, the Girl Scout Gold Award has been the organization’s highest award since 1916. It represents excellence and leadership for girls everywhere!

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Facts about Girl Scouts’ highest honor, the Gold Award:

  • -Less than 6% of all Girl Scouts earn the Girl Scout Gold Award.
  • -A Girl Scout who has earned her Gold Award immediately rises one rank in any of the U.S. military branches.
  • -A growing number of colleges and universities across the country offer scholarships to girls achieving the Girl Scout Gold Award.
Click here to learn more about Girl Scout awards.

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Pictures from the Water Safety Training:

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Gold Award Winners honored at Clovis Hall of Fame

Gold Award honorees, Nicole and Andrea, were recognized recently at the 2012 Clovis Hall of Fame. Nicole’s Gold Award project in 2011 provide the history of World War II internment camps in California, while Andrea’s project in 2010 was A Summer Full of Food. They were joined by Girl Scouts Hannah and Lidia, who handed out flowers to the ladies who attended this commemorative event.

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Nicole has recently graduated from Clovis West High School and is planning on attending California State University, Fresno in the Fall (2012) as a biology major going into the medical field. She received her Gold Award in 2011 for her project inspired by her Grandfather’s experiences during WWII as a member of the most decorated regiment for the United States Army. When Nicole found out her grandfather had been in a Japanese Internment Camp during World War II , she decided to pursue her Gold Award on the subject. Nicole set out on a mission to inform people about the true story and set the record straight while telling her grandfather’s story, including making presentations to Junior High School and many others. Eventually her grandfather’s story will join others in a compilation of historical experiences of the Japanese People and American Society. These stories will not be lost with past but will be maintained for generations to come.

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Andrea graduated from Clovis West in 2010 and was awarded her Girl Scout Gold Award the same year for her Summer Full of Food project. Andrea started Girl Scouts as a Daisy when she was in kindergarten and she is now in her 15th year involved with the organization. Andrea is still in college – she just finished 2 years at the Willow International Center and in the Fall is transferring to Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio where her major will be middle childhood math and science education. Andrea’s hope is to teach middle school math. She first discovered her love of teaching others through working with younger Girl Scouts. Andrea did her Gold Award project with Molly Fredle. The girls felt it was important to raise awareness about the decline of donations to Food Banks in the summer time and decided to have a special summer long food drive. By involving local news and radio, they planned eight food drives and collected non-perishable food items and canned foods by inspiring others to donate, and helping them realize that giving food all year long is important.

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