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Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Morgan Hays, Evergreen, “Base Camp Geosphere”

Morgan Hays

Morgan Hays Evergreen Evergreen Senior High School Base Camp Geosphere

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I completed my project at Mt. Evans Outdoor Lab School in Jefferson County when it was brought to my attention that the school was lacking a classroom for the geosphere (rocks and soil) part of the curriculum. After my initial evaluation, I decided that building an outdoor classroom at Base Camp Geosphere was the perfect project to complete and submit for consideration to attain my Girl Scout Gold Award. Base Camp Geosphere is the first learning step in the journey of geology and hike through time, therefore, I decided the best way to present all of the information and solve the problem was to create an outdoor classroom. The classroom now serves 3,000+ students a year.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I pursued my Gold Award because I felt that it was important to make a difference and to have a goal of what that difference would be and how it would help others.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

My Gold Project helped teach 6th graders about the geologic world around them and is helping them better understand what is going on in the rocks outside of their town.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I gained the skills of patience, leadership, organization and perseverance.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

I will remember the fact that my classroom gets used by an immense amount of middle schoolers each year. I will also remember my love for outdoor lab and the new memories I got to add to my collection.

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

My main goal is to get into the Coast Guard Academy or the Naval Academy. This project helps greatly because I now have a leg up on the competition and it shows great commitment. It will also help when I am getting a job later because of all the wonderful qualities and people who are produced from the completion of this project.

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

The Gold Award is incredibly important. From the time you are a Girl Scout Daisy to the time you are about to start your project, Girl Scouts is teaching you the necessary skills for the successful completion of the Gold Award. Once you complete your project you see how now instead of you looking up to your leaders, they are now looking up to you.

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