Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Briana Willick of Williamsville, NY, as a 2021 Gold Award Girl Scout. Briana is from Troop 30925 and has been a member of Girl Scouts for 11 years.
What Briana said about Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts made me more conscious about how my actions affect others. It also taught me leadership, hard work, time management, compassion, how to talk with authority figures, and teamwork.
Project: Flower Garden at Lou Gehrig Youth Baseball and Softball Complex
My project took place in East Amherst where I constructed a flower garden at the complex’s entrance. The faculty at Lou Gehrig was a huge help, as well as Lowe’s. The Lou Gehrig Complex is a community-based, non-profit organization featuring 11 fields. All coaches and board members serve as volunteers.
I chose this project because the entrance of the park used to be a large patch of dead grass and people were unsure of how to navigate through the complex. Now, the players and spectators are greeted by a garden and map of the facility so they know how to get to each field. A few things I did throughout the project were tilling the soil, purchasing and laying down lumber for the frame of the garden, and shopping for flowers. I also constructed a map to help guide people as well.
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.