Girl Scouts of Western New York announced Emily Osadciw, of Webster, as a 2018 Gold Award Girl Scout.
Osadciw’s project was titled “Outdoor Garden Classroom.”
“I collaborated with Kittelberger Florist & Gifts to create an outdoor educational garden for the students at Plank South in Webster,” said Osadciw. “I chose this project because it was a way for me to learn more about being a leader and take on my interests in teaching. Throughout the year, teachers can bring their students outside and incorporate what they’re learning into the gardens. I created the curriculum for each of the classes. For the beginning four classes, each student learned how to plant from seed and they were each able to take home their own garden essentials. For the final four classes, each student got to work in groups and plant parts of the whole garden area outside. This was a positive impact on my community because it not only gave students a chance to do fun educational activities after school, but it will give the teachers a way to teach hands on in the gardens.”
“Girl Scouts has made a big difference in my life. It has taught me many valuable life skills such as leadership, problem solving, being courageous and much more,” said Osadciw. “I was able to get the opportunity to work with kids and teach them about lessons that I have learned throughout Girl Scouts.”
Osadciw 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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