GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Katie Abbott, Canon City High School, “Creative Corner Courtyard”

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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I beautified a courtyard on the northwestern corner of the Progressive Care Center nursing home in order to give the residents in the adjacent wings a more uplifting view of the outside world.

How did you measure the impact your Gold Award project made on your target audience?

Through interviews with the residents, as well as before and after pictures of the courtyard.

How is your project sustainable? How will your project continue to impact after your involvement?

I created a website to promote awareness of my project at as well as creating a leaflet for the local library to file in their archives for anyone wanting to know more about doing a project like mine. There were also articles in the Daily Record and Pueblo Chieftain about my project. The Progressive Care Center has also agreed to continue maintenance on the courtyard, so their residents may continue to enjoy it for years to come.

What is your project’s global and/or national connection?

My website.

What did you learn about yourself?

I learned that I have very good people skills in not being afraid to ask for what I need to get done and I am also very good at delegating.

How will earning your Gold Award impact you in the future?

It is a point of pride that I have completed such a difficult challenge. I wear it as a badge of honor that I have joined the ranks of so many, yet so few, girls who have surmounted such a daunting obstacle. It also gave me an immense sense of closure to finish this project, and in essence my Girl Scout career, just before I left for college. It was like getting to graduate all over again. The experience has given me confidence in my abilities to take an idea of mine and see it become a reality.

Why do you feel the Gold Award was an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

For all of the reasons listed above and also because it was a goal, a reason to stay in Girl Scouts until I was finally old enough to do it.

**IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email