Natalia Suárez Fort Collins Fossil Ridge High School ¡A Nadar! Let’s Swim!
What did you do for your Gold Award project?
For my Gold Award Project I taught little kids how to swim in a community in Spain and in the U.S. in both English and Spanish. I also wrote a bilingual book on how to swim for the kids that I worked with.
Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?
I chose this project because my brother was always scared of the water as a little kid. I never wanted kids to feel unsafe in the water, and felt they needed the basic skills.
How did your Gold Award project make a difference?
I taught kids in two separate communities basic water survival skills in case an emergency ever presented itself.
What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?
I learned that I loved working with little kids. It takes a lot of patience, which I had to develop, but it has encouraged me to pursue a major in elementary education.
What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?
I will remember how fun it is to work with kids. I will never forget the little kid’s faces light up when they learned how to do something new.
How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?
Earning my Gold Award will help me receive scholarship opportunities and will help me get jobs that involve working with little kids.
Why do you feel the Gold Award is an important part of your Girl Scout experience?
I feel that my Gold Award was a necessary step towards finishing being a Girl Scout because it gives back to the community. I felt that I have given back to two communities and left a mark.