You're going to LOVE listening to Stacie's chat with Melissa Pepe, Program Specialist with Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles, and she's super passionate about the Gold Award!
Here's an overview of Melissa's top tips:
- Use the GoGold app for planning.
- Connect with the contact person at your council for workshops (if available), resources, and support.
- Girls: Think of yourself and your role as Project Manager. And put it on your resume.
- Work on getting to the root cause of an issue you care about.
- Think creatively about sustainability.
- Choose a project that's gonna get you out of bed and not feel like homework.
- Find opportunities to share ideas and brainstorm with a group to come up with project ideas or partner agencies.
- Leaders: Be a support to girls, be a member of their team, and give them reminders and encouragement along the way.
Get this: Girl Scouts of Greater LA had 292 Gold Award Girl Scouts earn their award this year. Whoa!
Melissa's council uses a project rubric that could be useful to you, as you start dreaming of Gold Award projects. Girl Scouts of Greater LA borrowed the rubric template from Girl Scouts of Western Washington (shoutout!), and modified it for their needs. Sharing is caring!
It can help you understand the expectations of an excellent project. Keep in mind, though, that your council might have specific guidelines and resources that differ.