My name is Jocelyn and I am a Girl Scout Ambassador. I have spent the majority of my childhood in Girl Scouts. In fact, some of my most memorable childhood memories are from Girl Scout events like ice cream socials, campouts, and team building activities. Even as a young girl I knew I would end up completing the Girl Scout Gold Award, but it wasn’t until this year that I decided what I would do.
You might ask yourself, “What is the Girl Scout Gold Award?” The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouts, requiring over 80 hours of service. This award recognizes girls who demonstrate leadership skills throughout a Take Action project which provides a sustainable benefit to the community that extends beyond the Girl Scout organization.
For my Girl Scout Gold Award, I worked with Take Me Home Pet Rescue (TMHPR) to create “Adopt Me” bandanas, homemade dog treats, and Junior Duck Solution Squad (JDSS) to develop an informative pamphlet. The educational component of my project was met by working with Cathy McNeese to design a new information pamphlet for the education programs given provided by Junior Duck Solution Squad. Although I had limited experience in creating brochures, I was able to find helpful resources online that led to a successful product.
As for the rest of my project, I had to start with fundraising. After receiving generous donations from members of Parkway Hills Baptist Church, I was able to purchase materials for the adoption day bandanas. In order to be efficient in my work, I recruited volunteers within my community to help sew and iron on the lettering. This portion of my Girl Scout Gold Award was daunting, but I was able to persevere thanks to my wonderful volunteers.
The last part of the project was baking homemade dog treats. I was able to use the leftover money that I fundraised to purchase the supplies needed to host a Girl Scout meeting. At the meeting, I educated the girls on the importance of volunteering in an area you are passionate about, and for me, that is animals. Then I described my progress in my Girl Scout Gold Award, followed by baking! By the end of the meeting, I was fortunate to more than triple the number of treats I had originally planned to make.
I am grateful for the opportunity to work with such amazing individuals at Take Me Home Pet Rescue and the experience I have had throughout my Girl Scout Gold Award journey. As a result, I was able to accomplish my Gold Award vision, and better yet, I have learned what it takes to be a successful community leader.