Gold Award Girl Scouts have earned one of the most prestigious awards in the world for girls. By the time they put the final touches on their seven-step projects, they’ll have addressed a significant problem in their community—not only in the short term, but with a plan to sustain the work for years.
This year, 21 Nebraska Girl Scouts earned the Gold Award by tackling issues such as childhood literacy, mental health, environmental challenges, poverty, medical needs, disabilities, bilingual education, and more.
Each week we will feature a group of these go-getting, innovating, risk-taking Gold Award Girl Scouts—young women who know what it means to lead with true G.I.R.L. spirit!
Megan Capal of North Platte
Megan’s Gold Award project centered on her community’s need to educate new mothers and pregnant women on where to turn during times of need. Working with the Women’s Resource Center in North Platte, she hosted a community baby shower, inviting several organizations to discuss available pregnancy services. The women who attended benefitted by learning about the organizations and the help they can provide. Megan also created a pamphlet outlining resources available to pregnant women.
Cayley Carpenter of Minden
A long-time tourist attraction in Minden, Pioneer Village has recently experienced a decline in visitors and a lack of funds for updates and renovations. Cayley teamed up with her local Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, and Girl Scout troop to educate the community about the need to update the museum and secure funding for improvements. Intrigued by Pioneer Village’s period rooms that illustrate living rooms, bedrooms, and kitchens through the generations, Cayley chose to update the museum’s 1980s bedroom. By completing her project, she aided her hometown by increasing the number of visitors to Pioneer Village.
Lucy Cordes of Omaha
Wanting to pass on her love of music, Lucy partnered with Girls Inc. to help children from low-income households overcome the challenges they face in learning to play an instrument, especially the piano. Because instruments and lessons can be quite expensive, Lucy donated a piano to Girls Inc., where dozens of girls can use it. She also wrote a piano class curriculum, so girls can learn to play without expensive private lessons. After gaining the opportunity to learn music at a young age, several Girls Inc. girls expressed an interest in pursuing music education at school through choir, band, or orchestra.
Harley Davidson of Ewing
Harley’s Take Action project goal was to address the need for more color in her school. All the walls in the building were one color, and Harley felt that adding color would make coming to school more enjoyable for her fellow students. Her art teacher allowed Harley and her classmates to paint the school walls during art class. The class participation sparked interest among other students, who offered additional designs and mural suggestions.
Liliana Delgado of Omaha
Liliana used one umbrella topic to tackle several inner-connected issues relevant and important to today’s youth. Her project focused on educating her peers and community about self-harm, but also addressed suicide and mental health, and provided ideas for solving these problems. Partnering with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and Bellevue East High School, Liliana developed a program about self-harm, its causes and triggers, and prevention strategies. The youth ministry of a local church adopted her program.