Earning a Gold Award is not easy -- but the rewards, for yourself, your community, and your future are worth the effort.
We ask Gold Awardees to give other Girl Scouts who are considering a Gold Award Project a realistic idea of what is involved. Below, Madeleine O'Mara tells us about the challenges and rewards she encountered while implementing her project.
did you come up with your idea?
Girl Scout Law states that as a Girl Scout "I promise to use resources
wisely..." I thought that starting a
recycling program at my school would be a great way to uphold this Girl Scout
you intimidated by the scale of the project?
wasn't really intimidated by the idea of the program. I did a lot of research and I bounced ideas
off of my parents and school principal and this helped make implementing the
did you keep up the momentum for the project?
classmates have gotten used to the recycling bins and it has become second
nature for them to recycle paper and plastic water bottles. Every Friday afternoon, we go around and
empty the bins and bring the recyclables to a nearby recycling drop-off.
you tell us a little story about some part of your project that was special to
you? Well, I knew my recycling program was working when I noticed the amount
of recyclables was increasing each week.
One day a classmate came up to me and told me that he had brought his
recyclables from his home and that he would bring them to school each week so
that it would be recycled and not thrown in the trash.
will people benefit from this?
so much better for us to be recycling materials instead of dumping everything
into landfills. Our environment benefits
and therefore, so do we.
did you feel after you finished?
It is great to be finished with the formal part of
the Gold Award. I am still managing the
recycling at school and I am anxious for the city of Montgomery to have the new
recycling facility available so that everyone will be recycling
advice would you give to other girls considering a Gold Award?
I know that high school can be difficult and it
seems like it is hard to find time for everything, but it is important to focus
on a quality project and make an impact in your community. I am very busy and I have the most demanding
schedule that my school offers, but I found the time and I feel great because I
Gold Project made a change for the better in your community. Did it
I guess that I take away from this project that if
you put your mind to making a change or helping your community it is possible
to do it. You need a good support system
and the desire to see things through. I
like to finish everything I start. I had
previously earned both my Bronze and Silver Awards, so I knew I could do this,
I just had to be organized and set time aside to get this done.