Girl Scouts of Western New York announced Anna Folts, of Webster, as a 2018 Gold Award Girl Scout.
Folts’ project was titled “A Bench and Trail Recreate for the John Ungar Trail.”
“I created two benches, a table, and a boardwalk on the John Ungar trail in Webster. I worked with the Friends of Webster Trails to get materials,” said Folts. “I chose this project because I wanted to put my technical skills to good use and I enjoy walking on the trails in Webster. The purpose of this project was to make the John Ungar trail easier to walk on and create a place to take a rest. I also wanted to increase foot traffic on this trail. Hikers now have a better place to take a walk and sit down in a place with a beautiful view. We premade the benches and table at my house, drove them most of the way to the site where they were going to be placed and carried them the rest of the way. We dug three-foot deep holes for the posts of the benches to sit in and we cleaned up as much trash as we could around this trail.”
“Girl Scouting has taught me the importance of volunteering my time with those in need,” said Folts.
Folts received her Gold Award at the Gold Award Ceremony on June 2. The Gold Award is the highest award in Girl Scouts.
The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into “going for the gold.” A Girl Scout’s project should be something that a girl can be passionate about — in thought, deed and action that encompasses organizational, leadership and networking skills. The project should also fulfill a need within a girl’s community — whether local or global — and create change that has the potential to be ongoing or sustainable. About 80 hours of community service are involved in the project. Completion of the Gold Award also qualifies the Girl Scout for special scholarship opportunities and to enter the military a full rank higher than her peers.
The Girl Scout Gold Award 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.
The Gold Award requires a Girl Scout to identify an issue and investigate it to understand what can be done to address the problem. The girl then forms a team to act as a support system, including a project advisor close to the issue who is not a troop leader or family member, while she leads the project. The Girl Scout creates a plan to ensure they know what steps they must tackle while working on the project. The Girl Scout submits a proposal for her project to her local Girl Scout council. After acceptance, the girl begins to work through the steps of their plan utilizing the assistance of her support team where necessary. Lastly, the project is used to educate and inspire others about the cause they are addressing.
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