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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