Sisters working to earn highest awards in Girl Scouting
Girl Scout cookie season is back, and two neighborhood teens have big plans. Evie (12) and Abigail (15) Reynolds have each set a goal of selling 1,250 boxes. They plan to use money from cookie sales to earn their Silver Award and Gold Award, respectively, two of the highest awards in Girl Scouting.
Evie, who is a seventh grader at Aspen View Academy, has to spend a minimum of 50 hours on a project that helps the community. She wants to spread kindness at school. She and other girls in her troop are going to paint positive hopscotch squares on the playground and write kind messages on outdoor stairs.
“The blacktop at our school has been bare since construction,” said Evie. “Many kids are bored at recess. We thought we should paint something on the blacktop.”
Abigail, who is a sophomore at Castle View High School, wants to inspire and encourage more females to thrive in engineering fields. To earn her Gold Award, Abigail chose to make an impact by addressing the lack of opportunities for minority, middle school girls.
“I learned about engineering when I was younger and it was challenging for me to get more experiences with it because I am a female. I was able to figure it out on my own, but I want to provide better and equal opportunities for younger girls,” explained Abigail. She is going to partner with teachers at Aspen View Academy to organize an engineering fair.
“It’s a great opportunity for students, especially girls, to experience engineering for the first time,” said Abigail. “I have been brainstorming ideas students can work on. One idea is to design the layout of a restaurant. They will design the floor plan, the layout, the mechanics and how it would function.”
The Gold Award is the most prestigious honor. Only 5% of Girl Scouts successfully earn it.
Cookie prices remain the same as last year in Colorado at $5 per box, except for the S’mores and gluten-free Toffee-tastic, which are each $6. All of the proceeds from sales stay in Colorado, and help fund activities the troops want to do throughout the year.
For more information, visit girlscouts.org.
By Mindy Stone, photos courtesy of Irina Reynolds