Our Youth Reaching Out

The Girls Scout Gold Award is the greatest and most esteemed accolade to ever be awarded in Girl Scouts. In fact, only about 5.4% of Girl Scouts manage to attain it. By achieving this honor, young girls are making astounding differences within their communities and across the globe. This is no leisurely task either; these altruistic females are required to complete-in addition to other prerequisites- a series of complex standards of excellence. These standards are created to challenge these young females to the fullest extent, in hopes of developing them into compelling, influential leaders. There are seven criteria to meet in order to meet these standards of excellence: identifying the issue, investigating thoroughly, gathering a team, creating a plan, presenting a plan and accepting feedback, taking action, and inspiring others. These girls are suggested to spend a minimum of 80 hours immersed in their projects in order to accomplish this great feat.
But why is this relevant to F.A.C.T.?
Olivia Fisher is an experienced Girl Scout and Camp Gonnawannagoagin’ veteran. Her previous work with children with autism, along with her desire to take a leadership role within her community, has compelled her to make F.A.C.T. the nucleus of her Gold Award pursuit. In order to execute this goal, she is organizing a project to create a F.A.C.T. float for the famed Holiday Parade at the Beach. Olivia wants to help generate awareness of F.A.C.T. specifically, and include teens with autism in a community event.
After doing the initial research necessary for the parade requirements and speaking to the administrative leaders of F.A.C.T., she is ready to gather her team and set her plan into action. Her team idea…genius. In case you are not familiar with F.A.C.T.’s teen night, we host a monthly excursion for high-functioning teens with autism so that they can engage in social opportunities with their peers. Olivia has decided to interweave her holiday float project with teen night, thus providing an outstanding chance for our teens to socialize with their peers, while simultaneously experiencing the fulfillment of accomplishing a group project. Olivia also plans to ask our teens for their design ideas, so that she can hopefully incorporate a little part of everyone into the mission.
This girl is, to say the least, unbelievable. She soon plans to launch an ice cream social fundraiser in order to raise money for float construction expenses, and I for one, am looking forward to supporting it. I can’t help but think of the activities I was involved in at 17-years-old. I think the most impressive thing I accomplished at that age was a grueling weekend schedule at Chuck E. Cheese. I do know one thing, I’m keeping this girl on my radar. I look forward to being impressed!
Lauren Cook