Megan Reilly: 2019 Gold Award Girl Scout

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Megan Reilly of Rochester, NY, as a 2019 Gold Award Girl Scout. Reilly’s project was titled “Springdale Farm Scavenger Hunt.”

Reilly explained, “I installed a scavenger hunt at Springdale Farm in Spencerport. I incorporated sign language into each of my sustainable signs. This farm is run by Heritage Christian Services and is open to the public. I chose this project because my family used to visit the farm and picnic there when I was a little girl. I worked with many people from the farm including the director, farm manager, camp coordinator, and the IT director. I designed all of the signs and met with a printer. The signs were graciously donated by Phoenix Graphics. You can find my project listed on the Springdale Farm website under attractions. This project has impacted my community by including the deaf community and inspiring others to learn some sign language. My hope is to make people comfortable with another form of communication and help to break language barriers. During my time at Springdale Farm, I also volunteered at the petting zoo and at their summer camps where we were able to incorporate my scavenger hunt and teach the children sign language. It was a lot of fun to see my project in action!”

The sign language video is available at youtu.be/DGD_qP0JMjg for public viewing.

Reilly added, “[Through Girl Scouts] I had the opportunity to do so many different things since I was little. When I was younger I really enjoyed the arts and crafts and field trips. As I’ve gotten older I’ve enjoyed the service projects and our trip to Costa Rica! It was an amazing opportunity.”

Reilly 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.

To learn more, visit gswny.org.

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