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This is the fourth in a four-part series interviewing this year's Girl Scout Gold Award recipients from Castle Rock.
Four Castle Rock Girl Scouts recently received their Gold Award, the highest honor in the organization. The Girl Scout Gold Award is a seven-step project in which girls strive to solve a community problem.
Aimee Bianca, the Highest Awards manager with Girl Scouts of Colorado, said the process has a lasting effect on the Girl Scouts.
“They learn so many things but they really learn how to manage a project efficiently and communicate with adults,” Bianca said. “For the girls, it means that they have the power to create change in their community in a meaningful way and that they have the power to pull together a team of people who support the things they are about.”
Here, Girl Scout Kamaryn Evans answers questions about her involvement in the organization and her Gold Award project.
I am a freshman at Arapahoe Community College, studying English. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, leading a patrol of Brownies, writing or reading.
Please give a brief description of your Gold Award project and its goals.
My Gold Award project was working toward a greater awareness of domestic violence resources. I worked with The Crisis Center in Castle Rock to understand how those surrounding victims can help. I also provided them with 13 purses and one baby bag (filled with basic needs like socks) for those that receive help from the center's programs. I also worked on a social media campaign to help spread awareness.
Looking back, what do you think you were able to accomplish through this project?
I believe I was able to promote resources and to spread encouragement for those that wish to help in domestic violence situations but were not sure of what to do. I have also seen a greater awareness for the issue of domestic violence through others, in addition to my own project.
How do you think this project has impacted your local community of Castle Rock and the nearby areas? Were you able to learn more about your own community by doing it?
The biggest thing I believe I learned about Castle Rock is the outpouring of human kindness that people have when you bring up how they can make a difference in a big issue like domestic violence, because everyone has been touched by domestic violence at some point in their lives, no matter if it's them, a family member, or a friend.
How did this project influence you and what did you personally learn from it?
The biggest thing I took away from this project personally was the determination I found in myself that I did not knew I had. I learned that when you care wholeheartedly about an issue, there is no one that can stop you from trying to help.
Finally, why do you participate in Girl Scouts?
I started going because of my friends, and after that I was hooked. My troop took me in as a member of the family. I am very lucky to have an experience like the one I have had in Scouts, and I am grateful for every second I get to say I am a Scout.
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