Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) is pleased to announce that Marlaina Snow from Troy has received the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive.
For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, called C.A. Henning Butterfly Garden, Marlaina built a butterfly garden at the school. When the new school playground was built, the former butterfly garden was destroyed. She had fond memories of the old butterfly garden and wanted to bring it back to her school.
Her new butterfly garden has an outdoor classroom for students to explore and teachers to give lessons about butterflies and nature. There are also multiple benches for students to sit on and many butterfly houses for the butterflies.
She added that while doing her Girl Scout Gold Award project she learned that not everything goes as planned and sometimes you have to come up with new ideas so your original goal will go smoothly.
Marlaina is the daughter of Brad and Marla Snow from Troy. She is currently a junior at Triad High School. She 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.