Gold Award Girl Scouts 2023

Natalie Sheridan earns 2023 Girl Scout Gold Award

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Natalie Sheridan of Webster, NY as a 2023 Gold Award Girl Scout. Natalie is a member of Troop 60877.

Project: Music Organization System and Music Room Renovation for St. Rita’s Church

For my Gold Award project, I organized all of the music used for the St. Rita’s music program. I developed an organizational system that would prevent the buildup of unfiled music. This system also helped to organize the room. I put together a cubby unit with my team for the choir members to put their music binders in. For my project I also helped to clear out miscellaneous items from the music room which included book holders that were originally on the back of the Church’s pews. For my project I also washed the walls of the music room and put vinyl decals of music related items and music related Bible quotes. The quote decals were bought from Sign Impressions. The other decals were made by me and my team. The purpose of my project was to help the Music Director find an organizational system that worked for her and the other choir members. The purpose of my project was also to make the music room more inviting for the music director’s students and choir members. Since the completion of my project, the music director at St. Rita’s has been able to use the organizational system to keep up with incoming and outgoing music. Since my project the choir has also gained a few more members.

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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