Monday, December 29, 2014

Katie Albert From Waterloo Has Earned the Girl Scout Gold Award

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) is pleased to announce that Katie Albert from Waterloo has received the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive.

For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, Katie held two Unplug and Go Outside events to get more children in her community to put down their electronic devices and go outside and participate in outdoor activities. One of her Unplug events centered on a sports theme where she had children participating in t-ball, wiffle ball, croquet, lawn darts, washers and ladderjacks. The second Unplug event was centered on nature and crafts that included making sidewalk chalk, planting herbs, hiking a nature trail and doing leaf rubbings.

 “My Girl Scout Gold Award project taught me how to communicate effectively with a diverse group of people. My team included people ranging from my peers to retired educators and established business leaders. I discovered that I can speak well, and confidently promote my ideas,” Albert said.

 Katie is the daughter of Karla Albert. She is a junior at Waterloo High School and has been Girl Scout for 12 years. Katie has earned the Trifecta Award which honors her achievement of earning the Girl Scout Bronze Award, Girl Scout Silver Award and Girl Scout Gold Award.

The Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn, recognizes a Girl Scout's commitment to excellence as she develops skills and values to meet present and future challenges in her life. To earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, a Girl Scout Senior or Girl Scout Ambassador must design and carry out a project that fulfills a need within a girl’s community, creates change, and is sustainable. The project must be completed with a suggested minimum of 80 hours of work. Only about 6 percent of eligible girls earn the prestigious Gold Award.