Gold Award Girl Scouts 2023

Gaia Godinho earns 2023 Girl Scout Gold Award

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Gaia Godinho of Kenmore, NY, as a 2023 Gold Award Girl Scout.

Project: Archery Range at Camp Windy Meadows

This all-accessible, permanent Archery Range at Camp Windy Meadows was built through the collaboration of many groups. My goal was to create a professional looking, all-accessible, permanent archery range that is safe and that makes instruction easier. It adds to the offerings at Camp Windy Meadows and gives scouts confidence through new knowledge and skills. After the first Archery Circle session on the new range, scouts were excited and asking when the next would be. The clear rules and steps helps all scouts to be more independent and make greater progress in archery.

About the Girl Scout 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.

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