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Highest Awards Highlights

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USAGSO Gold Award Spotlight

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls—and the most difficult to earn—and it’s only available to Girl Scouts! At USA Girl Scouts Overseas, we are excited to highlight Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, and Leaders living overseas who are thinking big and making sustainable impacts in their communities and countries all around the world. 

Gold Award Girl Scout: Tegan

For our very first USAGSO Gold Award Girl Scout story, we are featuring Tegan and her Gold Award Girl Scout project called: Ocean’s Alive. Congrats Tegan!

Gold Award Girl Scout Project Title: Ocean’s Alive

Realizing how the world’s oceans are struggling to survive because of plastic waste, Tegan’s Gold Award Girl Scout project focused on educating people about the issue and developing solutions to make easy changes that will help minimize waste and trash, and in turn, positively impact the future of our environment. As a Girl Scout located overseas in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, Tegan’s Girl Scout Gold Award project benefited people all over the world as they learned how they are part of the problem, how to help, and why it is so important to have clean oceans.

Her Gold Award Girl Scout project was developed as a combination of online informational sites and multiple zero waste events to help educate people on the issue that oceans are being destroyed and what changes an individual can take to make a difference. In addition to the zero-waste events and informational games, Tegan developed a website to make the information easily accessible to anyone who had an interest in positively affecting our shared environment. Her project will continue on through environmental clubs at her schools as well as the individuals who are now educated on how plastic waste is damaging our environment and what steps they can take to make a difference. 

According to Tegan: “The issues the oceans have will be a lifelong journey to fix, and I will continue throughout my life to help educate people to make changes in their lifestyle and participate in helping to solve an issue so very important to all the world and people’s well-being. When I started my project, I knew that I wanted to be able to have a reliable and sustainable aspect that would keep my project alive, hopefully for many generations, so I focused on the highly sustainable aspect of education. Knowledge empowers people and once you educate one person there is a multiplier effect where they will educate others and then those people will educate even more people until we get to the point where everyone is aware of the issues at hand. To educate I have created and dedicated a few portions of my project to learning and teaching in various forms for different ages. I thought that creating many aspects to my project that were educational, online, and accessible for people worldwide would help to have a long-lasting and sustainable effect.”

You can learn more about this G.I.R.L.’s hard work in environmental advocacy and awareness-raising, by visiting her website. USA Girl Scouts Overseas is proud of your leadership and can’t wait to see what you do in the future to help generations to come! 

Gold Award Girl Scout: Michelle
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For our second USAGSO Gold Award Girl Scout feature story, we are excited to introduce you to Gold Award Girl Scout, Michelle, from USA Girl Scouts Overseas – Paris.

Gold Award Girl Scout Project Title: Mental and Physical Well-being in the Boarding House

Recognizing that students today are struggling with stress now more than ever, and do not always have the skills or support to appropriately handle it, Michelle’s Gold Award Girl Scout project focused on changing that by providing information and techniques to help alleviate students’ stress and focus on their physical and mental well-being. As a student at a boarding school participating in the International Baccalaureate program, Michelle witnessed how many teenagers, especially those who just left home, lacked the skills in self-care and didn’t know how to balance schoolwork and personal time. This combination had a negative effect on their grades and increased their stress level. Further motivated to make a difference was Michelle’s understanding of how stress can cause mental and physical isolation, which can cause depression and/or suicide.

As the ultimate overseas G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™, Michelle was compelled to address this issue and make a positive change for her fellow students after observing how many students were concentrating on their workload at the expense of their wellbeing during the most stressful parts of the school year. Her Gold Award Girl Scout project focused on three main components: a website, a series of workshops, and a parental guide. The website was designed in consultation with psychologists, staff, and students to be used as a quick, sustainable reference for other students. The workshops she led were centered on providing techniques and concrete tools for students to use during stressful situations. The workshops continue to this day as a support for students throughout the school year. The parental guide was shared with parents, so they can also understand the harm stress causes and learn what they can do to best support their children.

According to Michelle: “Governing bodies are realising that students are more stressed today than ever before and that this leads to many mental health issues, unruly behaviour and lower rates of achievement. An unhappy country of students means an unhappy future. Thus, my project directly targets the resolution of this problem: ensuring mental wellbeing and thus avoiding a deterioration in educational attainment. By undertaking this project, “I discovered that I am a leader who leads primarily by example. I myself attempted many of the wellbeing techniques and have passed on my knowledge to others.”

You can learn more about this G.I.R.L.’s important work in the issues of stress management and  mental health for students, by visiting her website.

Way to go Michelle! USA Girl Scouts Overseas is proud of your leadership and can’t wait to see what you do in the future to help generations to come!


How can you support Highest Awards Girl Scouts?  

Whether a Project Advisor, Troop Leader, or Gold Award Committee Member and mentor, there are many ways to support USA Girl Scouts Highest Awards Projects.  Contact us  to find out more about the opportunities available to support Girl Scouts in earning their Highest Awards!