This spring, a teen from Louisville is receiving the Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts. Glynnis Page 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 29,500 girls, and it’s quite an accomplishment to be one of only 64 in the state this year to 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.”
Monarch High School
“The Mohi Garden”
Glynnis Page constructed a garden for Monarch High School for her Gold Award project. She felt her school’s campus was pretty bare, and she wanted to do something to make campus more enjoyable for staff and students.
Putting together this garden was no easy task for Glynnis. After gaining approval from several district officials, she created a design for the garden and gathered donations and volunteers to plant the garden. She had some difficulties in finding volunteers for her project as many people were out of town over the summer. However, family, friends and members of the school’s National Honor Society stepped forward to help. Glynnis’ garden is fairly large and includes a statue of the school’s mascot, a coyote. High school staff, students and the families -- about 1,600 people total -- enjoy the garden each day. The National Honor Society at Monarch High School will care for the garden in the future.
“This process has really taught me how to get motivated,” said Glynnis. “For so long I would talk about doing several activities, but there comes a time when you have to stop saying and start doing.”
She attends Colorado State University.
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.
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of Colorado makes it easy, meaningful and fun for girls and volunteers to grow as leaders. We provide a safe place for girls to explore their world – from science, technology and the environment to healthy living, anti-bullying and financial literacy. For nearly 100 years, Girl Scouting has been helping each girl develop her personal leadership skills and make friends that last a lifetime. Girl Scouts is also a great place to enhance job skills and give back to your community as an adult volunteer. In fact, we serve 29,500 girl members and 9,500 adult volunteers across Colorado! For more information on how you can get involved in Girl Scouts of Colorado, visit girlscoutsofcolorado.org, call 1-877-404-5708 or email email@example.com.
Story by Girl Scouts of Colorado