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girls change world

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award in Girl Scouting—created in 1916, this leadership award recognizes older girls who make a difference in their communities. Since 1916, approximately one million Girl Scouts have reached their Gold Award or the equivalent. Present award requirements call for an 80 hour take action project created and completed by each girl as a means to make a sustainable impact within their local community. In May 2017, GSSNE hosted the Girl Scouts Shine Ceremony where we honored twelve Gold Awardees at Warwick Country Club.

Each week we plan to feature a different Gold Award Girl Scout as a reminder of the incredible efforts and accomplishments of these G.I.R.L.s who are built of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place!

katrina claflin

Katrina Claflin, Troop 561, Cumberland, RI

Gold Award Project: Props and Mops: Organizing the Backstage

What is your project and why is it important? The goal for my project was to organize and repair the prop room at my school while educating future students on correct prop and costume maintenance. Throughout my years of theater at the school, I noticed how a disorganized prop room made it difficult to find needed supplies and damaged props in the process, costing the theater department money. When producing a show, what happens backstage is just as important as what happens under the spotlight. Improving prop care prolongs the lifetime of each prop, and giving tips for organizing props backstage makes a show run more efficiently. I wanted to share my love of theater with younger students and help make the process smoother and more enjoyable.

What is your favorite aspect of being a Girl Scout? I love being part of a group of girls just as dedicated to learning new things as I am. I have a group of friends that focuses on pushing boundaries and encouraging others to do the same, and this is especially important in a world that tries to box us in.