Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Sarah England of Hamburg, NY, as a 2021 Gold Award Girl Scout. Sarah is from Troop 30708 and has been a member of Girl Scouts for 11 years.
What Sarah said about Girl Scouts
Girl Scouting helped me discover my passion for community service.
Project: Fidget Blankets for Individuals with Alzheimer’s and Dementia
I have family members who have had (and currently have) Alzheimer’s Disease. I noticed that they had the need to keep their hands busy and to work on skills that they need to function in their every day lives. In learning about these blankets, I realized how important they were but they were very costly. Therefore, I designed and created 20 Fidget Blankets for the Memory Care Unit at Houghton Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility in Houghton, NY.
I organized a donation of items and a group of helpers to create the blankets. Along with the blankets, I included a care packet on how to make more blankets, and how to launder and care for the donated blankets. While I could not see the people who received the blankets, due to COVID, I feel that it was the ideal time for these patients to receive the gift of a fidget blanket.
About the Gold Award
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.
For more information on the Gold Award, click here.