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GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Sarah Kriner, Peyton, “Bird Sanctuary”

Sarah Kriner

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I built a bird center on the grounds of my local library, in front of the window leading to the children’s center.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I pursued this project in order to get the children of my community reading, and to help fight illiteracy.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

My project draws in the local birds which adds one more reason for children to go to the library and pick up a book.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

Working on the Gold Award helped me gain the confidence to communicate with members of my community to help work together towards a common goal.

How did you make your project sustainable?

I gave the library all the seed I could fit in to my budget and they will do drives to gather seed in the future. We also ensured that each part of the center would be strong enough to last through the high wind and tough storms we get in the winter.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

Illiteracy is a universal issue that has been hurting people all over the world for centuries.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

The grand opening was one of the more memorable moments, all the kids who showed up left with a smile on their face. It was an amazing feeling to know I had changed my community for the better.

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

I have used it to help get accepted into college, although I am currently enrolled into Pikes Peak Community College to save money, I did get accepted in to University of Colorado Colorado Springs and will transfer over in 2017.

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

The Gold Award was one of the last things I worked on as a Girl Scout. Although there was always people to lean on every step of the way, at the end of the day, it was my project. That gave me the confidence to know that I can tackle big obstacles that I could encounter as I begin to face the world as an adult.

***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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