I suspect most of our girls are smitten with the celebrities they see on "Entertainment Tonight," the cover of People magazine or in the theater. This focus and attention on celebrities has grown over time. We used to know some of what on in celebrities' lives, but now with technology and the internet, we have real-time feeds of what is going on with celebrities day and night. But what if you did something to make your community a better place and became a ROCK STAR!
Take our own Erin. Erin is a quiet, bright, capable individual. I emphasize the word QUIET. She doesn't necessarily relish attention. For her Gold Award, she built a helipad for her small community, Citronelle. It is sustainable because the community embraced it and will continue to use it, long after she has graduated from college and made her way in the world.
For this excellent project, she was nominated to be an OUTSTANDING YOUNG WOMAN OF DISTINCTION at the GSUSA National Convention in November. One of 159 nominated, she was selected as one of 10 young women whose project made a difference. This is a great honor, but it comes with responsibilities. One of those is to get up and speak in front of the audience about her project. Imagine how scary that would be, to speak to thousands of people with lights and cameras, when you are quiet and don't seek attention.
Another responsibility of that honor is to attend the Girl Leadership Institute of the national convention and participate in various sessions in front of lots of girls. Erin had worked at camp, so she was more comfortable in front of girls. But still, this is hard to have everyone listening to what you say.
Erin faced her demons. She was nervous, but she got up in front of thousands and talked about her project. Because she was a celebrity at the Girl Leadership Institute, she was mobbed by girls as she walked around; they wanted to pose for photos with her. And last weekend, Erin served as the Grand Marshall of the Citronelle Holiday Parade. Who knew that earning a Girl Scout Gold award came with such celebrity and trappings?! I have watched how Erin has grown in confidence because of this. Erin has had to muster up plenty of courage to talk in front of all these people. She has left her community a better place because of what she has done.
Would you like to see? Here's the video produced by GSUSA of Erin and her project: