Anna Garbe, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has achieved the Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts, by upgrading her local spiritual center’s composting system. After noticing an issue with the amount of food scraps being thrown out, Anna wanted to find a way to reduce waste, while also educating the public on the importance of composting. Through her project, Anna was able to upgrade the spiritual center’s previous compositing system and educate visitors on how the system will impact the community.
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 Anna has to say about her project and the value of Girl Scouts!
How long have you been a Girl Scout?
I have been a Girl Scout for 12 years.
What do you love about Girl Scouting?
I enjoy how Girl Scouts helps me get involved in the community. I also appreciate the connections and friendships I have made with other Girl Scouts over the years.
What inspired your Gold Award project?
After seeing the efforts put in to try and make Prairewood’s garden more eco-friendly, I wanted to help make the composting process easier for them so that they can continue to donate food to non-profit organizations in the area.
What role has Girl Scouts played in your life?
Girl Scouts had allowed me to grow in my friendships, faith, and helped me to get to know myself and gain more confidence.
What is your next step after earning your Gold Award?
I plan to attend an undecided 4 year institution and major in Biology on a pre-med track.
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.