In just a few short weeks, five members of the Class of 2019 will graduate from Walker while also celebrating a milestone achievement in Girl Scouts: earning their Gold Awards. These girls have been in Girl Scout Troop #26210 together for over a decade!
For her Gold Award project, Grace Yankus, who has been in Girl Scouts since kindergarten, created and wrote a counselor-in-training program for a local day camp. The program was intentionally geared toward the development of self-knowledge, various forms of service, and leaderships skills would enable the camp to train pre-teens and teens to become effective counselors and good mentors for the campers. “Girl Scouts has provided a way for me to serve the community, to develop my own ideas about causes and projects that are meaningful, and it has been a well-respected organization of which I am proud to be a member,” said Grace.
Mary Johnson, who has been in Girl Scouts since preschool, worked to combat high school dropout rates in the Marietta community by partnering with the nearby Wonderful Days Preschool to advertise the importance of early education, first to parents of children who could greatly benefit from a preschool education, and then to individuals in the community that were not aware of the preschool. Mary launched a social media campaign to draw people to the Wonderful Days website that she renovated using pictures from the photographer she hired to photograph the school and students She also distributed 200 Wonderful Days car magnets that she designed, as well as an informational brochure in both Spanish and English to 400 parents and organizations who support families. “Girl Scouts has been an outlet to an array of connections outside of my immediate community and a program that not only empowers young girls, but teaches girls to empower each other,” said Mary.
A Girl Scout since Kindergarten, Claire Mohandiss created an annual event called Senior Prom at Winnwod Retirement Community with a night of dancing, "golden oldies" music, food, and intergenerational socialization. She put on this event in order to increase socialization among the senior citizens at the community in order to decrease loneliness and depression. “Girl Scouts taught me a lot of lessons that make you a more caring and considerate human being and has brought me so many great experiences and memories I'll never forget,” said Claire. “Most importantly though, it has taught me how dedication pays off through sticking with Scouts for 13 years and finally achieving my Gold Award.”
For her Gold Award project, Madeline Daniel, who has been in Girl Scouts since first grade, taught children the importance of healthy eating, proper nutrition, and the benefits of growing their own food in an effort to help combat childhood obesity. With the help of others, she built three raised garden beds to help show kids how to grow their own nutritious foods and supplied the gardening tools, soil, flowers, and vegetable plants, as well as providing lesson plans for the different age groups. “Being in Girl Scouts is so much more than the camping trips, selling cookies, and earning the different badges,” said Madeline. “Being a Girl Scout has been a time where I have learned pivotal skills I can take with me everywhere, I have made life-long friends, and have strengthened my skills in my confidence and character.”
A Girl Scout since Kindergarten, Camryn Cowan focused on fostering mentor relationships between girls in high school and middle school for her Gold Award project in order to help build self-confidence and academic success in tweens and young teens. “Girl Scouts has given me the opportunity to interact with so many different people, allowed me to experience things I never would have if I hadn’t participated, and taught me so many life skills that I never would have gained otherwise,” said Camryn. “I am so thankful for all the skills I have learned through scouting and could not imagine my life without it.”
We can’t wait to see watch these Scouts excel in college and beyond!