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GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Mackenzie Crawley, Colorado Springs, “Learning through Literacy&#8221

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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my Gold Award project, I created a lending library and tutoring center at my church.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I pursued this project because I have always had a love for reading. The lending library was a way for me to share that love with others. While volunteering every summer at my local library, I was asked to participate in their tutoring program. I developed a bond with my young students and saw how just an hour a week made a big difference. I was able develop a tutoring program at my church.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

My Gold Award Project made a difference by giving people easy access to books and helping students who are struggling in school. It also helped parents who are not able to help their children with homework, especially in math. This is a valuable, free resource for students, parents and volunteers.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I learned leadership and time management skills. I learned how to work with parents and difficult students.

How did you make your project sustainable?

I made this project sustainable by leaving behind a manual for both the library and the tutoring center. The manuals provide step by step directions on every aspect of the library and tutoring center. There are also management at my church that are fully aware of the procedures.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

Literacy is an important national and global problem. I feel honored to do my small part to help eliminate illiteracy.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

What I will remember the most is bonding with the children that I tutor, and hearing them say that they want me to tutor them.

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

Earning my Gold Award has given me confidence in knowing that I can make a difference. This project forced me out of my comfort zone. Now that I’ve stepped out it will be easier to do it in the future.

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

Once I earned my Bronze Award, I wanted to go for my Silver and then the Gold. Having achieved all three is huge for me. The awards signify really taking my Girl Scout experience to the community. It makes me feel like I have done my part in society, not just sell cookies or go camping. My girl scout experience has helped me make a difference.

***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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