Valerie Boleyn, of Elgin, Iowa, has achieved the Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts, by putting on a dance clinic in her community to help build confidence in young girls. Valerie recognizes that performing in front of an audience, learning a new dance routine, overcoming fears is hard on a young girl’s confidence and self-esteem. The goal of the dance clinic was to help girls to not only see how fun it is to perform, but the boost in confidence that can come with performing as well. Just like in dance, practice makes perfect when it comes to developing a strong sense of self, the confidence to take on challenges, and positive values, and Valerie believes instilling these ideas in girls while they are young will have a positive impact as they grow and mature. This project will continue to help girls have a ton of fun gaining confidence and learning important life skills as the Upper Iowa University dance team carries on this clinic in the future.
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 Valerie 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?
The thing I love most about girl scouts is all of the skills that you learn through different badges and workshops. I enjoy getting to learn new things and implement them in my everyday life!
What inspired your Gold Award project?
My Gold Award Project was inspired by my love of dance. I saw a need in my community for a dance clinic for young girls, so I decided to do something about it.
What role has Girl Scouts played in your life?
Girl Scouts has played a role in my life by learning from the Girl Scout Promise and Law. I have learned the importance of doing good deeds, as well as being prepared.
What is your next step after earning your Gold Award? Are you going to college? If so, where and what will you be studying?
My next step is graduating from high school. I am currently a junior at North Fayette Valley High School. My plans are to go into either music therapy or the medical field.
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.
Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois
Through the Girl Scout Program, girls learn to face challenges head-on, embrace failure as a learning opportunity, create lasting relationships, and find dynamic solutions to social issues—all while building the skills and courage they need to take the lead every day and empower themselves for life. To join or volunteer, visit www.GirlScoutsToday.org.