Girl Scout Highest Awards

Theresa Homeier: 2019 Gold Award Girl Scout

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Theresa Homeier of Buffalo, NY, as a 2019 Gold Award Girl Scout. Homeier’s project was titled “Halter Huts at Heritage Christian Stables.”

Homeier explained, “After volunteering at Webster’s Heritage Christian Stables, it was brought to my attention that they could really use some halter huts in the various pastures. These halter huts protect the gear from the elements and the horses, and also differentiate the pastures by color. This makes it easier to direct students and workers to the correct locations. Because of my experience in technology classes, I thought it was a perfect fit for me to make these halter huts for my Gold Award project. These huts should last many years, and they also brighten up the pastures. This project allowed me to spend quality time with my friend, teacher and mentor, Mr. Milliman.”

Homeier added, “Girl Scouts has given me opportunities to go places, meet people, and participate in activities that I would not have been able to otherwise. I have been able to work with the elderly, those with special needs, and those less fortunate than me. This has taught me to be more understanding and less judgmental.”

Homeier will receive her Gold Award at the Gold Award Ceremony on June 1, 2019. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls.

The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into “going for the Gold.” A Girl Scout’s project should be something that a girl can be passionate about—in thought, deed, and action that encompasses organizational, leadership, and networking skills. The project should also fulfill a need within a girl’s community (whether local or global) and create change that has the potential to be on-going or sustainable. Approximately 80 hours of community service are involved in the project. Completion of the Gold Award also qualifies the Girl Scout for special scholarship opportunities and to enter the military a full rank higher than her peers.

The Girl Scout Gold Award, the most prestigious award in the world for girls, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers.

The Gold Award requires a Girl Scout to identify an issue and investigate it to understand what can be done to address the problem. The girl then forms a team to act as a support system, including a project advisor close to the issue who is not a troop leader or family member, while she leads the project. The Girl Scout creates a plan to ensure they know what steps they must tackle while working on the project. The Girl Scout submits a proposal for her project to her local Girl Scout council. After acceptance, the girl begins to work through the steps of their plan utilizing the assistance of her support team where necessary. Lastly, the project is used to educate and inspire others about the cause they are addressing.

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