Lauren Korbel, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has achieved the Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts, by designing and building a rainwater collection system to water a local garden in her community. Her project works to conserve the use of fresh water when gardening, and instead make a positive impact on the environment by using rainwater. Not only did this project have a positive impact on the environment, but Lauren’s community as well! The rainwater collected throughout the project was used to water a local garden that provides food for the Metro Catholic Outreach food pantry in Cedar Rapids. Overall Lauren developed a sustainable and informational project that will have a lasting impact on both the community and environment.
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.
Read what Lauren has to say about her project and the value of Girl
What do you love about Girl
I love the Girl Scout community of girls who want to learn more about themselves and the world around them. Girl Scouts encourages girls to develop a strong sense of self and make a difference in their communities. Through Girl Scouts, I have been able to go camping, ziplining, and creek stomping as well as learn skills such as outdoor cooking and fire safety.
What inspired your Gold Award project?
Through my Gold Award, I wanted to make a difference in my community about a global issue, so I chose the water crisis. Very few people know that the global water crisis is also an issue in the United States. I designed and built a system to collect rainwater to be used to water a garden in order to reuse rainwater in my community. I also educated the community about the water crisis and how they can implement a similar system for a home garden.
What role has Girl Scouts played in your life?
Girl Scouts has helped me to learn more about myself and develop a stronger sense of self. I gained confidence in my abilities and became more willing to take risks. Through helping lead a troop of younger Girl Scouts, I developed leadership skills. I enjoy being able to help younger girls have the same experiences I had in Girl Scouts. I also enjoyed the opportunity to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts in Washington DC with other girls from around the country.
What is your next step after earning your Gold Award? Are you
going to college? If so, where and what will you be studying?
I will be studying Software Engineering and Mathematics. I am undecided on what college I will be attending.
About the Girl Scout Gold Award
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.