Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Bridget Taylor of Rochester, NY, as a 2020 Gold Award Girl Scout. Taylor’s project is called, Mercy Morsels: A Cookbook to Benefit Bethany House. Bethany House is a shelter for women and children in the Rochester area that relies entirely on donated goods.
Taylor reached out to people within her high school, Our Lady of Mercy’s network to get started. She contacted current Mercy families, staff, and alumni who sent her recipes for the cookbook. After selling the cookbook, Taylor used the profits to purchase items off Bethany House’s wish list, to donate to them.
Bethany House impacts more than 2,000 individuals and families a year. “My project benefits people served by Bethany House by providing things they otherwise would not have. They are in constant need of baby products, feminine hygiene products, toiletries, cleaning supplies, paper products, and food,” said Taylor.
Taylor explained, “My Gold Award was such an amazing opportunity; to be able to provide so much hope and happiness to the women and children at Bethany House was such a humbling experience and a wonderful feeling. Girl Scouts has allowed me to feel more connected to my community and those living in it.”
By earning her Gold Award during the 2020 Girl Scouting year, Taylor will be included in a virtual acknowledgment this June. All 2020 Gold Award Girl Scouts will receive the option to be a part of the 2021 in-person Gold Award ceremony next year to receive their Gold Award pin. 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 she can enlist in the military at a higher starting pay grade.
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.