Gold Award Girl Scout: Sarah Dormer, Greenwood Village, “Pollinators, Boxes, and Dog Waste: What do they have in common?”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my Gold Award, I took 72 former dog waste bag dispensers the city of Greenwood Village was getting rid of and recycled them into birdhouses and bee boxes. I then gave out the boxes for free at the city’s Earth Day Celebration while presenting a few different things everyone could do to protect pollinators. After the ceremony, I wrote an article for the Greenwood Village Newsletter about pollinators and delivered the last of the boxes to residents all over Greenwood Village.

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

I measured my impact of my project by having everyone who attended the Earth Day ceremony sign a banner pledging to protect pollinators. Afterwords, I quantified the results by counting the number of signatures.

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

My project is sustainable for two reasons: for one, all the people who read my article have their knowledge of how to protect pollinators, and all the people who have boxes will have homes for pollinators for years to come. Also, Greenwood Village agreed to rerun and publish the article I wrote, so it would always be accessible.

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

My project’s national connection came when I sent boxes and my article to communities in Idaho, Washington, and Tennessee.

What did you learn about yourself?

This project taught me that I was brave. For me, I learned that I could advocate for myself, especially when talking on the phone or talking to adults. I learned to problem solve, as almost nothing went exactly as planned. If nothing else, I learned what I could do. This project was a huge task, and the fact that I was able to do it will always stick with me.

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

Mostly, my Gold Award taught me to persevere and problem solve when things don’t immediately work out. In addition, it inspired a deep and lasting ability to love the creatures and nature around me.

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

My Gold Award changed my Girl Scout experience in that it was the largest thing I have ever done. Girl Scouts teaches girls to change the world, but I always felt some distance from the concept until I did this project and actually understood what changing the world felt like, even if it was a small change.

How did earning your Gold Award help you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)? 

My project taught me to be an innovator. Because the project was themed around construction, I had to engineer with the materials I had and could recycle to make the boxes perfect.

**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 highestawards@gscolorado.org