Last year this time, I spent a lot of time during my winter break working on my Girl Scout Gold Award but now I am done and I have a chance to look back on the benefits of recieving my award.
Standing on the stage and recieving my plaque, numerous letters of congratulations from various leaders, and most importantly having the Gold Award Pin hung around my neck by my mom will be one of the memories that I soon won't forget. The Reflections Ceremony was a time of celebration and recognition some of the Girl Scouts hard work. Not only Gold Award recipients but Silver Award recipients, 10 year Girl Scouts, and 13 year Girl Scouts. I couldn't help but smile (and breathe a sigh of relief! Because earning the Gold Award is no joke) and feel proud of what I accomplished.
Many days I left school early to work on my project, which was to teach African and African-American history to 5th and 6th graders. My friends see me and ask, "What are you doing this for?" And I would try to put in a concise form exactly what the Girl Scout Gold Award was, because after the 5th person would ask you it became annoying, but I would tell them, "To earn my Gold Award for Girl Scouts." Some would ask, "What's a Gold Award?" Then I would have to say, "This award you get by earning certain badges and then working on a community service type project." But really the Gold Award is so much more than that. Its something whose value can't be explained in passing or talking for a minute; espeically to those who are unfamiliar with Girl Scouting and only remember you're a Girl Scout during cookie season.
The Girl Scout Gold Award is really what you make of it. It's a chance for Girl Scouts to be in charge, learn more about themseleves, and do something we enjoy. From earning career experience hours to the final project, it's what you want to do. It's time consuming, from filling out the neccessary paperwork to just thinking about what you want to do. It allows you to be creative and to lead. It showed me what I am capable of and how to manage my time and money. And then at the end its rewarding, to recieve your Gold Award Pin. And to those adults and other girls who know what it takes to earn your Gold Award, you feel proud. All tis can't be expressed in passing or explained in one minute. Thats' what the Gold Award means to me.