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shine ceremony
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!

kate DeBoer

Kate Elizabeth DeBoer, Troop 70, Wakefield, RI

Gold Award Project: Healthy Body & Healthy Mind & Healthy Eating

What is your project and why is it important? My Girl Scout Gold Award project, Healthy Body & Healthy Mind & Healthy Eating, focused on teaching children and adolescents to live healthier lifestyles. I held group discussions with children in the community at the Busy Bodies Dance Studio in Wakefield, RI. We talked about ways to improve their lifestyles, including eating an extra fruit each day or doing a word search or puzzle every day for a healthy mind. I was able to reach a larger audience by designing my own Facebook page called "Healthy Body & Healthy Mind & Healthy Eating". Furthermore, I created a binder called "Nine Ways to a Healthier You!” which discusses three ways to improve each aspect of your health. The binder is available at Coastal Medical in the South County Commons office in Wakefield, RI. I am most proud that my project reached a wide range of people and educated them about ways to improve their habits and live healthier lifestyles.

What is your favorite aspect of being a Girl Scout? Being a Girl Scout means being a part of a special and elite group of people. I love learning from other Girl Scouts and using the skills that I have learned to not only improve my own life but to also improve the lives of others in my community.