Submitted by Angela S.
Going for the highest award in Girl Scouting is a huge undertaking, and that can be made even harder if you are a Juliette, with no troop to go through the experience with. However, if you step away from the hugeness that the Gold Award project seems to be, it can be an amazing experience. For me, Girl Scouts has lead me to a path where I am almost always working on some kind of service project; big or small, for the environment or for people. Scouting has made it a natural part of my life, and I believe that this is true for a lot of people. Now that I have been working on the project for several months, I see that it is a way to make something I already care about bigger and better, and to push something that was just one person into a movement.
My Gold Award Project is to educate people about bees and the danger the species is in right now. I am creating a program with the Catamount Institute that can hopefully be used for years to come and touch hundreds of children. The big kickoff of this is coming up really soon, on October 1, 2016, and the best part of this is that children are going to do a lot in terms of getting the whole thing set up.
I believe that no one person can make big change alone, but if you get the community involved in something, then anything is possible. With issues, such as bees, that aren’t as cute as puppies, it takes a little bit more work to get kids to care about them. This is why it’s so important that kids contribute to the environment of the bees themselves. Anyone who wants to help get this program up and running is more than welcome to come to the Catamount Institute on October 1, 2016 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.