Article Contributed by
Girl Scouts of Western New York
Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Alexis Barron of Lakewood, NY, as a 2019 Gold Award Girl Scout. Barron’s project, The Dock Project, was to build a floating dock for community use in Jamestown.
Barron explained, “My Gold Award project was to build a floating dock for the local rowing club and for the fishermen and small boaters. I was able to build a 6-section dock with a ramp and concrete footer. The project was held at the Chautauqua Lake Rowing Association’s boat house in Jamestown. I chose to do this project because rowing is a huge staple in my life and got me through high school. I collaborated with many local agencies who were very generous and donated service and materials. To list a few: Llama Club, Lake Shore Paving, Pikes Auto Repair, Rod and Gun, Klinginsmith, Good Time, Barron Sign, The Moose, Johnny’s Lunch, Crouch’s Garage, Ashville General, Tri-James, The Chautauqua Lake Rowing Association, plus my own family and friends, and my Girl Scout troop.”
Barron added, “Being a Girl Scout has made me realize that I am a great leader, and can do anything I set my mind to.”
Barron will receive her Gold Award at the Gold Award Ceremony on June 1, 2019. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls.
The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into “going for the Gold.” A Girl Scout’s project should be something that a girl can be passionate about–in thought, deed, and action that encompasses organizational, leadership, and networking skills. The project should also fulfill a need within a girl’s community (whether local or global) and create change that has the potential to be on-going or sustainable. Approximately 80 hours of community service are involved in the project. Completion of the Gold Award also qualifies the Girl Scout for special scholarship opportunities and to enter the military a full rank higher than her peers.
The Girl Scout Gold Award, the most prestigious award in the world for girls, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers.
The Gold Award requires a Girl Scout to identify an issue and investigate it to understand what can be done to address the problem. The girl then forms a team to act as a support system, including a project advisor close to the issue who is not a troop leader or family member, while she leads the project. The Girl Scout creates a plan to ensure they know what steps they must tackle while working on the project. The Girl Scout submits a proposal for her project to her local Girl Scout council. After acceptance, the girl begins to work through the steps of their plan utilizing the assistance of her support team where necessary. Lastly, the project is used to educate and inspire others about the cause they are addressing. To learn more, visit gswny.org.
About Girl Scouts of WNY
Girl Scouts of Western New York (GSWNY) serves nearly 15,000 girls and 6,000 adult volunteers across the GSWNY jurisdiction, including Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties. The council’s administrative service centers are located in Batavia, Buffalo, Jamestown, Lockport, Niagara Falls, and Rochester.
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, girls discover their personal best and prepare for a positive future, connect with others in an increasingly diverse world and take action to solve problems and improve their communities.