The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest achievement in Girl Scouts. When Christina Feland was a Daisy (preschool – kindergarten) she was inspired by her troop leaders to reach that goal, and this year she did.
“I had to come up with a project that would benefit my community, the state and be replicated nationally,” she said. “The whole purpose is to better the community. In school we had been hearing about how underage drinking has increased in teenagers, so I wondered how I could do something.
“I learned that a lot of my friends did not know how to ice skate, something I have always loved to do. I ended up teaching some of them and realized I could do this for my gold award.”
The gold award requires a minimum of 80 hours. By the time Feland finished, she had over 900 hours into her project. It took three years – finding time to fit it in and finding ice time.
“I started with the hockey cheerleaders from Bismarck High and Century. A lot of them were not really comfortable on skates,” she said.
She helped close to 20 kids, ages 12 – 17 learn to skate. “The kids that can skate can now teach others to skate. And now they all have something different to do seven months out of the year. I really think this has helped create a positive outlet, instead of making risky decisions.”
Feland is now an ambassador scout, and is helping younger troops retain their members. After she graduates she will become a life scout and it will be her duty to regularly help with camps and younger girls.