Thursday, November 12, 2015

Angela Stratman from Waterloo Has Earned the Girl Scout Gold Award

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

For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, called Teamwork for Youth, Angela wanted to give back to Camp Wartburg, a camp she has been going to for 13 years. Angela and her Girl Scout troop have completed many team challenge courses over the years, so she wanted to build a group initiative course (GIC) at the camp. The objective of a GIC is to build teamwork through a group challenge. Angela’s obstacle is called a squeeze box, and the object of the challenge is to get groups of various sizes into the adjustable box. The GIC can become more challenging with additional stipulations, such as not being allowed to touch the outer wall while getting inside the box.

Angela gained valuable leadership skills while working with a group of people on her project. “Through doing my Girl Scout Gold Award, I have learned that anything is possible with determination and compromise,” said Angela.

Angela is the daughter of Ken and Susan Stratman. She is currently a senior at Waterloo High School. Angela has been a Girl Scout for 11 years.

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.