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Gold Award Girl Scout: Kaitlyn Ketchell, Monument, “Eating Disorder Education”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

The main issue I tackled in my project was lack of education and awareness about eating disorders; namely, warning signs and seeking treatment, as well as general education about eating disorders. The old curriculum used in the health classes at my high school didn’t provide the right kind of education about eating disorders that would allow students to better understand and handle eating disorders, so I created a new curriculum for the middle and high schools in my district. I also created informational pamphlets about eating disorders, which I distributed to local medical establishments (clinics, pharmacies, etc.) and some of the schools in my district.

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

In order to measure the impact of my project, I created two surveys with questions about eating disorders: one for students to take before watching my presentation on eating disorders, and one for students to take after watching my presentation on eating disorders. Then (with the help of a friend), I analyzed the results and found that scores were much improved on the post-survey.

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

My project is sustainable through the continued use of my eating disorder lessons by the high school health teachers. Additionally, my lessons are available for free on the Teachers Pay Teachers website and can be used by anyone.

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

My global/national connection is through the Teachers Pay Teachers website, making my lessons available to anyone for free (teachers, home-schoolers, and more) to use any time.

What did you learn about yourself?

I learned that I’m more resilient than I previously thought. When COVID-19 shut down the schools in my district, I thought that would be the death of my project. However, I worked with the members of my team and was able to record myself teaching my lessons, which the health teachers were able to use in their virtual classes.

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

Earning my Gold Award has increased my confidence, my leadership skills, and my ability to navigate bureaucracies. This has taught me that I am capable of persevering through whatever challenges I may face in the future. When I face roadblocks in the future, I will draw upon the things I learned from my Gold Award project to persevere through them.

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

The Gold Award is Girl Scouts’ highest achievement. Earning this was important to me as a Girl Scout because I set the goal early on and was able to achieve it. I first learned about the Gold Award when my troop leader introduced us to the Bronze Award. Earning the Bronze and Silver Awards inspired me to continue toward my goal of earning Gold.

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

Earning my Gold Award helped me become an innovator because I had to come up with new ideas and unique solutions to new problems (like COVID-19 shutting down our schools).

**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.

Girl Scout Face Masks

Submitted by Karen Wilson

Metro Denver

Aurora

We have wanted to go to Europe since we were Brownies. Due to COVID and Pax Lodge being closed in 2021, we will be Europe bound in 2022. Help us make our way to London and Ireland by purchasing one of our Girl Scout face masks, which are available in pink or green. We will deliver or mail.

As a way to earn money for our trip, we thought that the most stylish thing to wear while selling cookies is a Girl Scout face mask. We have them available in pink and green. Each mask is $7. It is lined, has an adjustable nose piece, and adjustable elastic. We will deliver if you are within an hours drive from Aurora or mail to those who are farther away. Use this link to order yours: https://forms.gle/jPWwYrUkbw8Yf2rC9

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She was at the can send in her story here.

Silver Award Project: Stress Relief Kits for Kids

Submitted by Heidi Kane

Metro Denver

Thornton

Alanna from Troop 62816 completed her Silver Award project, Stress Relief Kits for Kids. She put together kits to help relieve stress during COVID. She made videos on how each activity worked and teamed up with the Adams 12 school district  to distribute her kits during free lunch distribution hours during the summer! She also worked with a few local troops, teaching younger Girl Scouts how to do the activities that help relieve stress.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She was at the can send in her story here.

Girl Scout from Parker is Crocheting 200 “Ear-Savers”

Girl Scout Juliette H. is crocheting as many as 200 “ear-savers” for the deaf and hard of hearing. She hopes her “ear-savers” will make it easier for the deaf and hard of hearing to wear masks during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic because their hearing aid(s) would be less likely to fall out when they remove their mask. In researching ways she could contribute to preventing the spread of COVID-19, Juliette learned deaf and hard of hearing students struggle with keeping their masks on because the ear pieces fall off their hearing aid(s). “Deaf and hard of hearing students would benefit from an ‘ear-saver’ for their mask because the string isn’t touching their hearing aid(s). During mask breaks, students could pull the face mask down to hang around their neck with the ‘ear-saver’ still attached,” she wrote.

Juliette, a Girl Scout Junior from Parker, plans to donate the “ear-savers” to deaf and hard of hearing students in Denver Public Schools, along with community groups that work with the deaf and hard of hearing. She also hopes to earn the Bronze Award, the highest honor for Girl Scouts in fourth or fifth grade.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.