Caitlynn Pike, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has achieved the Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts, by constructing fun and educational games for the Cleveland Elementary School Carnival. The annual carnival was cancelled after most of the games and activities were lost in a natural disaster. Caitlynn wanted to do her part in bringing back this memorable experience from her childhood to others. She also took this opportunity to create games that combined fun with basic STEM skills to show children how learning can be both fun and practical.
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 Caitlynn has to say about her project and the value of Girl Scouts!
How long have you been a Girl Scout?
I have been in Girl Scouts since I was five, starting off as a Daisy, which has resulted in me being a Girl Scout for 13 years.
What do you love about Girl Scouting?
I love everything about Girl Scouting! From meeting new people to getting out of my comfort zone, Girl Scouts has taught me to be fearless and stand up for what I believe in.
What inspired your Gold Award project?
The inspiration for my Gold Award project came from remembering my days at Cleveland Elementary School. This is because I remember the carnival from when I was younger and how it brought the community together: adults could forget about stress and kids could be kids. Yet, I wanted to bring a new side to this fun and help children realize the importance of STEM and help them incorporate it into their everyday lives.
What role has Girl Scouts played in your life?
Girl Scouts has played a significant role in my life because it played an important role in discovering myself through adventure and trial and error by meeting new people, going to different camps, and traveling to different places.
What is your next step after earning your Gold Award?
After earning my Gold Award and graduating high school, I plan to attend the University of Northern Iowa to earn an English Teaching degree as I want to be an English professor.
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.