Northwest NEWS

January 7, 2002


Senior Scouts join elite group

Two Bothell Senior Girl Scouts joined the ranks of an elite group of less than 1 percent of Girl Scouts by achieving their Gold Award, the highest award a Senior Girl Scout can earn.
   The Gold Award symbolizes outstanding accomplishments in the areas of leadership, community service, career-planning and personal development. Drawing upon their own talents and ingenuity, each girl's project focused on her community and an issue she personally feels has a big impact on the lives of girls today.
   A plan for fulfilling the requirements of the award is created by the girl herself and is carried out in one to two years through a close partnership with an adult. Each girl's Gold Award project offered her new challenges and opportunities to build upon skills she has received from being a Girl Scout.
   Christina Turner
   Turner spent 54 hours building seven storage cabinets for Girl Scouts' Camp Lyle McLeod in Belfair, Wash. The cupboards will be used to keep cleaning chemicals away from food and cooking equipment in the cook shelters. Each cupboard includes poison prevention tips, what to do if poisoning occurs, who to contact and a warning label.
   She is currently attending Shoreline Community College. She plans to transfer to Eastern Washington University to major in physical therapy for children.
   "I learned a lot about myself from this project," Turner said. "After people kept turning me down for donations, I got really upset and gave up for a while. Because of wonderful adults in my life that cared and knew how much I would have liked to do something for the camp that I love, I was able to gain the confidence and get the materials needed to finish my project."
   Erica Anderson
   Anderson spent 52 hours creating the Help for Helpers program, which allows sixth grade children to work with special needs kindergarten children. She created a video and instructional manual to assist in orientation and throughout the entire volunteer process.
   In addition to "how-to" pages, the manual includes "reflection" pages that prompt volunteers to look into the different areas where the children can work and play in the classroom.
   Anderson credits the project with helping her decide which profession she would like to enter.
   She is currently a senior at Edmonds-Woodway High School and plans to enroll in an early childhood education program at a local community college next fall.
   "I really wanted to make sure that grade school kids got an early start addressing this issue," Anderson explained. "I started out my school years in Developmental Kindergarten. . . and it was important to me to have a Gold Award project that would return some of the benefits I have received."