Alene Scallon of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has achieved the Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts, by bringing to life a rich history of the cabins at YMCA Camp Wapsie in Coggon, Iowa. The long-time camper wanted to educate others about the American Indian history represented at the camp.
She designed educational materials for campers and staff to learn and share with others about the achievements of American Indians and explain the significance of their culture in American history. Because of Alene’s accomplishments, the camp now has a permanent record of the significance and history behind each cabin.
Read what Alene has to say about her project and the value of Girl Scouts!
What inspired your Gold Award project?
I chose my project based on a place I loved and that was dear to my heart while growing up. I spent a whole week each summer at the YMCA Camp Wapsie since I was 7 years old. I enjoyed each week I was there by making great friends. I have cherished memories of my grade and middle school years at Camp Wapsie. I even got to become a Leader in training last summer while working on my Gold Award project at Camp Wapsie.
How long have you been a Girl Scout?
I have been a girl scout since I was in second grade. That would make me a Girl Scout for nine years so far.
What do you love about Girl Scouting?
What I love most about girl scouting is all of the leadership training and how it taught me to step up to be a leader and not be afraid.
What is your next step after earning your Gold Award?
After graduation, Alene plans to attend college at Iowa State University. She wants to pursue a degree in Veterinary medicine.
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.