St. Louis, MO – August 15, 2016 – Two area Girl Scouts were among 42 young women in eastern Missouri to earn their Girl Scout Gold Award this year, the 100 th anniversary of the highest award in Girl Scouting. Daylin Diamond, a 2016 graduate of Francis Howell Central High School, and Lauren Baggett, a senior at Francis Howell High School, both earned their Girl Scout Gold Award through projects benefitting children in the area.
Diamond was researching ways she could help the community through her Gold Award project when she learned that the kids at Wright City West Elementary School needed things to do on the blacktop during recess. She painted hopscotch, foursquare, kickball, dodgeball and basketball courts, as well as an area for the children to use when lining up to go inside. In addition to offering more activities for students to enjoy during the school day, Diamond’s project is also used by local families for exercise and quality time together.
“For educational purposes, I also created dots going around the playground and throughout the games, representing the Lewis and Clark trail,” Daylin said. “I made a rule book for the teachers with instructions on how to use the new activities, and through a survey, the teachers said my project has been really beneficial for the kids.”
Daylin also coordinated with a local company to donate dodgeballs, jump ropes and other supplies to supplement the activities. Earning the Gold Award helped Daylin improve her communication skills and time management, and also taught her how to create and follow a budget.
Baggett’s project was inspired by her interest in getting more area kids excited about history. As a member of the Lewis and Clark Boathouse in St. Charles, Baggett learned the organization needed help making exhibits that were exciting for children. She recreated toys that were popular during the 1800s, and sewed historical clothing from the period that younger visitors can try on and wear. She also worked with a local woodworker to construct a display for the items. Finally, Baggett created a book that showcases all of the new artifacts. The entire process took more than 100 hours over the span of one year to finish.
“My project has helped adults and children alike become more interested in this time period,” Baggett said. “With the new hands-on items, visitors of the museum can learn better than with just presentations or lectures.”
The Gold Award is the highest national award a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador, girls in grade 9-12, can earn. Attaining the Girl Scout Gold Award requires a significant amount of time planning and implementing a challenging, large-scale project that is innovative, engages others and has a lasting impact on its targeted community with an emphasis on sustainability.
Less than one percent of all Girl Scouts earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, putting them among an exceptional group of women who have used their knowledge and leadership skills to make a difference in the world. Some of the Gold Awardee benefits are:
- A Girl Scout who has earned her Gold Award and enlists in the US Armed Forces, immediately rises one level in rank
- Colleges and universities recognize the achievements and leadership abilities of Girl Scout Gold Award recipients by offering scholarship programs
- Achievements of the Girl Scout Gold Award recipients are acknowledged by many government and non-profit organizations