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GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Jonnae Byas, Colorado Springs, “Refurbishing the Garden”

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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my Gold Award project, I refurbished the garden at the Medallion Retirement Center for the staff, residents, and Ms. Elsa Bailey, also a resident and founder of the garden.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I pursued this Gold Award project because I felt that the outcome would have a positive impact on a large amount of people.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

My Gold Award project made a difference in multiple ways. One way my project made a difference was through the residents, resident families, and the staff. The residents were so appreciative towards the hard work we put into the garden. Every time my team and I went back to complete further tasks, we witnessed the growth in residents, residents’ families, and staff outside enjoying the garden. Another way my project made a difference was through the appearance of the garden. The appearance of the garden is significant because the garden can help with advertisement of the retirement center in brochures, online advertisement, and personal experience .

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

Through earning this Gold Award, I gained multiple skills. I gained skills such as leadership skills, taking action and making things happen skills, and just skills to help me be more open to connecting with my community.

How did you make your project sustainable?

In order to keep my project sustainable, I made a list of instructions on “How to Keep the Garden Clean” that the staff and maintenance can follow.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

We have personally taken pictures and we shared those pictures on Facebook and other social media to promote the idea socially. Also, we requested for them to be included in the updated brochure for the Medallion Retirement Center.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

The amount of hard, long, hot summer days we spent completing this project.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

I believe my leadership skills will develop in a positive way. I now know how to discover, connect, take action, and actually make things happen. I also believe this project provided great amounts of experience that I may need later on in life. I believe that because I had to go to the next level to overcome each obstacle, I ended up learning a lot about improvising, and working with what you are given to work with.

Why do you feel the Gold Award is an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

I feel the Gold Award is one of the most important tasks of a Girl Scout experience for multiple reasons. One reason is because this task is a huge responsibility. Girl Scouts is mainly about teaching responsibility, courage, respect, and many other attributes to build a girl’s character. This project required all of those skills and more. Another reason is because the amount of change that my project made. Another lesson we learn as Girl Scouts is to make a change in order to make the world a better place. I definitely feel that this project made a huge change.

***IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email

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