Sparked by an interest in the history of her hometown of Bedford, Sierra was driven by a desire to make that information more accessible to all by putting it online. She worked with the Bedford Historical Society to catalog 35 homes and create a website complete with their histories and photos. This will be an ongoing project for the town.
Recent Gold Award Projects
Our congratulations to these outstanding young women whose Gold Award
projects have inspired each to find the greatness inside themselves
and share their ideas and passions with their communities and
Historical Bedford Remembered
Little Signs, Big Difference
Lillianna Fowler created an interactive curriculum through a series of videos geared towards students learning ASL. Her project, “Little Signs, Big Difference” aimed to open up a new language to others but also to bridge the gap that hearing and deaf communities face. By designing and implementing these resources she took a big step in her community and beyond, recognizing the ever-growing need for inclusivity. Lillianna’s passion for signing drove this project to be great. The dedication and thoroughness that is so evident in all of her videos is inspiring and the true mark of a Girl Scout. She also created a lively website to make her work easily shared from school to school, which also included a survey to help her make this a resource that is reliable and user-friendly for everyone.
Breaking the Stigma of Youth Mental health in High Schools
As a high school student herself, Emily could see firsthand how some of her peers were struggling with mental health issues – even though adults and others couldn’t recognize it. She was determined to raise awareness of mental health issues and address the stigma that prevents students from getting help. She took her message to high schools in New Hampshire, and represented New Hampshire students at multiple state events and programs.
EcoKids Environmental Program
Chloe believes that if any generation is motivated to see that climate change and biodiversity issues are addressed, it will be the youngest among us. She created the EcoKids Environmental Program which anyone can use to get kids outdoors, spark an interest in nature, and involve experts in teaching them about the value of a healthy environment.
13 Before 13
An avid outdoorsperson, Alexandra has been hiking mountains since she was small, and reached the peak of all 48 of New Hampshire’s 4,000-footers. She wanted to share her love of hiking and encourage all children, but particularly girls, to enjoy the outdoors and nature. She created the 13 Before 13 project, a list of 13 hikes kids under 13 years old would enjoy. She created companion website and Facebook pages, and has led children’s hikes.
A desire to highlight the impact of women in history, Emma’s project, “Herstory,” tells the stories of women at three different points in time. It is presented at Portsmouth’s Strawbery Banke Museum. As she and the museum staff role-played these different women, children could learn about these different periods
in history, and consider how women in what are considered traditional roles still had a large impact on families, women’s lives, and history in general.
Managing Stress and Anxiety
Everyone feels stress, including youngsters in school – especially as they transition from a small elementary school to a large middle/high school. Alexis wanted to give students in fifth and sixth grades the tools and support to handle stress. She created a curriculum for teachers to help students learn to manage stress and anxiety, and taught students how to create their own stress balls, worry stones, and art to reduce stress.
Souhegan Literary and Arts Magazine
Abigail was determined to give the artists, writers, photographers, and others involved in the arts at
her school the recognition she felt they deserve. To do so, she decided to create a literary and arts magazine online to showcase the work of students at her school – and develop the framework to keep the magazine running in the future. She refined her skills in organization and communication to bring the project together and plans to help with it again this school year.
Hopkinton Nature Walk
Emma wanted to turn abandoned and unused old farmland behind the Hopkinton Library into a nature trail that everyone in the community can enjoy, creating an opportunity for people of all ages to get outside and be active, as well as limit screen time indoors. She also constructed and installed a series of signposts with information on local flora.
Dancers Without Borders
Mallika wanted to give children a way to be active in our less active world, as well as introduce them to the many styles of dance in different cultures. She organized local and international dance workshops, donated costumes to Traveling Tutus, and wrote a blog about volunteering. She combined her passion for dance and volunteering in a way that inspires others to both be active and pursue their passions in ways that benefit all.
Special Olympics Hudson Chapter
Chloe wanted to create an exploratory lacrosse program in conjunction Swith her high school's lacrosse teams to offer clinics for Special Olympics athletes. The clinic helped fill the gap in the fall programming. Her participants learned new communication skills and how to interact with people with disabilities. The athletes were able to improve their motor skills and learn a new sport while meeting new people, and their parents got to see their athletes act relatively independently.
Katherine wanted to reduce the pressure on high schoolers trying to make it successfully through their academic life, social life, and then the COVID-19 pandemic. She created a program of stress-reduction techniques and a high school club called Stress Less. She took her techniques online when the pandemic ended in-person meetings, and gained new skills herself in making the adjustment to moving the Stress Less project online.
Bullying Prevention is a project that is close to Amber's heart and it really showed as she persisted through many obstacles over the course of her project. Amber created a website to help educate the public on bullying and prevention which was viewed by many people all over the country. She created social media pages to advocate for her cause and helped get her peers involved in sharing her work. She also created a slideshow with a week’s worth of curriculum intended for the use of elementary and middle school teachers, and held live sessions via Zoom where she offered the course along with interactive crafts and activities for kids and young adults..
Educating Community Members on Local Taxpayer Funded Children's Nonprofits
Molly spent hours interviewing and recording conversations with nonprofits that benefit from taxpayer funding. Molly created a podcast series and promoted it to her community to educate the public about these nonprofits and how they help in their towns. She focused on organizations helping children who also had a greater national link and showed a great amount of professionalism as she conducted her research and made this interesting and informative series.
Sweat N’ Snack
Julia's project is an innovative take on getting kids active during the pandemic. Julia came up with a video series featuring fun games to play at home with their family and limited supplies to include as many people as possible. She also featured a fun snack for kids each video to help inspire kids and parents to choose healthy snacks. Her main objective was to help others get active and reap both physical and mental benefits. She stepped out of her comfort zone during this project and stepped in front of the camera to bring high energy and excitement for all who participated. Julia went the extra mile to get this curriculum incorporated in local schools, it was published in several newsletters sent home to families.
Fleece for Furry Friends
Elizabeth, after hours of research and planning, set to work making fleece blankets for animal shelters in her area. She didn’t stop there though. Elizabeth teamed up with Girl Scouts across the United States and presented a slideshow to help educate and raise awareness. She ran several Zoom calls with girls outside of our council and successfully recruited several other troops to also make fleece blankets to benefit local animal shelters in their communities.
Warm the Soul Campaign
Bonnie recognized the need to address loneliness during the pandemic. She created a social media campaign to allow a place for positive messages to be displayed, wrote letters of cheer to the sick, and organized a farewell parade for neighbors. She also created a website where community members could volunteer to spread joy or recommend another to receive an act of kindness. Bonnie worked with other people to coordinate and deliver these surprises to many people and organizations near her. Bonnie continues to run the campaign and complete the acts of kindness to spread smiles.
Be a Sister to Every Girl Scout
This amazing project aimed to address the lack of education about LGBTQIA+ identities and issues, for both adults and peers. Genevieve created an online webinar and a four-part series on YouTube that goes over the basics of LGBT topics, including spectrums, terminology, stereotypes, and allyship. Genevieve also created and implemented a Girl Scout patch program that goes over the same topics as the webinar, but in a more interactive format. Genevieve’s videos are both educational and funny, doing a spectacular job at bridging an education gap and offering our membership a great resource.
Finding Your Way Mile by Mile
Evy's project aimed at elevating the safety of those using the Salem rail trail and educating the public on emergency response. She spent lots of time raising funds and awareness and ultimately ended up installing mile markers along two miles of the rail trail in Salem, NH. She also worked with the local municipalities to put the exact locations into their CAD systems for the police and fire departments to respond to injury or accidents more efficiently. Evy gracefully navigated the obstacles that were presented during her project and still ended up adding a great addition for the Salem community.
The Troy and Fitzwilliam Fresh Vegetable Project
Hunter's project is a great example of community action, especially during a difficult year for so many and she teamed up with her town to fight food insecurity. She planted two community gardens and maintained them, harvesting and donating the food they reaped. Hunter reached out to for donations food from other people’s gardens and helped in raising awareness for families in New Hampshire who experience food insecurity. In addition, Hunter worked with a local organization with a similar mission to help younger Girl Scouts get involved and continue on the community garden for years to come.
COVID-19 Video Campaign
Evangeline wanted the children attending the Academy of Notre Dame and St. Christopher Academy in Nashua to know what to expect as they returned to school during the COVID-19 pandemic. She taught herself how to shoot, edit, and upload videos that presented essential information for children as young as kindergarten age through eighth grade so they could stay safe and feel confident coming to school. Her six videos were made available online and can be used in the future as needed. She learned a lot about working with officials and coordinating with her teams.
Supporting Teens Mental Health
Mansi aimed to help high school students with the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic and events occurring in the world today. Mansi wanted to promote teen mental health and a balanced lifestyle, so she created large canvases with inspirational saying to hang in her school along with a Zoom webinar for parents and guardians to learn what their children are going through. Not only did she help her community, she gained leadership and organizational skills through the project.
Moeckel Pond Kiosk
Abbie wanted to address the need for her community to understand the benefit of conservation land by building a kiosk at Moeckel Pond’s dam in Windham, NH. She partnered with the town to create and vote on a new set of rules for the site to be posted at the kiosk, as well as a website to feature the rebuilding of the dam and her kiosk. This effort will help protect the wildlife that is so quickly being lost to development in the area.
You Are Stronger Thank You Know!
Raquel's project is aimed at helping middle school and high school students, particularly girls, to gain confidence and self esteem, publicize the media challenges girls face, and “look beyond the screen” to help them accept themselves for who they are. She created a five-part podcast series and presented her project to her high school.