Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Tara Matthiesen of St. Augusta, earned her Gold Award for her community service project: "Birthday Boxes for Kimball Food Shelf"
Tara recently completed requirements for Girl Scout's top achievement as an Ambassador Scout, the Girl Scout Gold Award. Matthiesen's project was to put together everything you needed to have a birthday party for eight in one box, including decorations, place settings, cake and even a present for the birthday boy or girl. She recruited the help of family members, Fair Haven Lions, Kimball Cub Scouts, Kimball/Eden Valley/Watkins Girl Scouts and support from residents in the community to complete her project. These people were also instrumental in the completion of this project.
"I received a lot of support and praise by members of the community for my project, this project was helpful to the community in a way that isn't normally thought of as being a need. Being in another community service organization, our club helped a family in need so I started to brainstorm about what could I do to help and what is one thing that might be overlooked if a family can't afford to buy clothing or sometimes even that new pair of tennis shoes. So I came to the one thing that I enjoy every year and that was my own birthday party, So I made my list and came up with everything you need for birth parties, including a give for the child and put it all in a box," says Tara.
The Girl Scout Gold Award, Girl Scouting's highest honor, evolved from a long line of special Girl Scout awards. This prestigious award recognizes the work of Senior/Ambassador Girl Scouts who have achieved outstanding accomplishments in the areas of leadership, community service, career planning, and personal development. Each girl working toward the Girl Scout Gold Award must complete five requirements related to these areas, including spending aminimum of 80 hours planning and implementing a Girl Scout service project that has a positive and lasting impact on the community. Girl Scouts who are in grades 9-12 are eligible to earn the Gold Award.