Alyssa Hultz has achieved the Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts, by uncovering and restoring a more than 157-year-old bell. The bell belongs to a church that has been unable to uncover and lift the three-thousand-pound structure out of the ground. Alyssa gathered resources through fundraising and assembled a team to accomplish her goal.
Alyssa’s abilities to research the history behind the bell to uncover the story of its existence, reflect her leadership skills and passion for history. The bell, originally from Sheffield, England, was previously unknown to historic registries. While researching, Alyssa came in contact with a historian who had records of index numbers that were unique to each bell. She was able to register the bell before placing it in its final resting place.
Read what Alyssa has to say about her project and the value of Girl Scouts!
What inspired your Gold Award project?
I wanted to give back to the church, First United Methodist Church, where the Boy Scouts meet. When I was a Juliette (individually registered member), the Boy Scouts allowed me to do things with them for four years, such as canoeing down the river. I also thought this would be a great project when the church said there was a bell buried on the property that they wanted to restore it to original condition.
How long have you been a Girl Scout?
I have been in Girl Scouts since I was a Daisy in 1st grade. My mother was a registered volunteer since day one to help me along the way and became creative in finding me things to do. After earning my Bronze and Silver Awards I joined a newly formed troop. With them I started to help with a diabetes awareness program, mother to mother program, raising food for local pantries, and even collecting items for our local animal shelter. I am now in 10th grade and enjoying my 10th year as a scout.
What do you love about Girl Scouting?
I love that Girl Scouts gave me the opportunity to help others in so many different ways.
What is your next step after earning your Gold Award?
I plan on graduating high school and going into the medical field. While I work on this I am helping other girls in my troop find out what they can do and how much fun it can be. I want to help people in many different ways and meet many influential people.
About the Gold Award
A Girl Scout Gold Award project must tackle a broad spectrum of important issues and a young woman who has earned her Gold Award has become a community leader in the truest sense.
Since 1916, Girl Scouts have been making meaningful, sustainable change in their communities and around the world. The Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers. They are our future, and it looks bright!
The steps to becoming a Gold Award Girl Scout are rooted in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. To achieve this honor, a girl must:
- Choose an issue she cares about.
- Investigate everything she can about the issue.
- Get help by inviting others to support and take action with her.
- Create a plan that achieves sustainable and measurable impact.
- Present her plan and get feedback from the Girl Scout council.
- Take action to carry out her plan.
- Educate and inspire others with what she experienced.
- Complete at least 80 hours working on the project.