Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Gold Award Spotlight: Keep Calm, Don't Go Nuts

Girl Scout Ambassador Bronwynn from Chesapeake has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor and achievement in Girl Scouting.

Bronwynn’s brother has severe tree nut allergies, and she noticed that many people are not aware of the simple things they can do to keep prevent allergic reactions. For her project, Bronwynn educated members of the community about how to keep people with peanut and tree nut allergies safe and raised awareness about the seriousness of food allergies.

Bronwynn shared food allergy safety tips, such as washing hands after eating and reading food labels before sharing food, with members of the community at a health expo hosted by the YMCA, at local schools and at two events hosted by the Commonwealth Attorney’s office— the Girls’ and Young Women’s’ Empowerment Conference and the Boys’ Leadership Conference. In order for her project to reach people on a larger scale, Bronwynn also created a blog with tips and advice about being mindful of food allergies and conducted video interviews with people who have food allergies that she posted online.

“I’ve seen how hard it is for my brother when people don’t understand his allergies,” Bronwynn said. “His reactions can be very scary, so I wanted to educate people about the severity of allergies and how to handle them so that all allergy sufferers are safe.”

Bronwynn also created brochures about food allergies that she placed at a local restaurant to further raise awareness about the issue.

The Gold Award requires girls to identify an issue in their community and carry out a Take Action project to address the matter through leadership work. Nationwide, less than 6 percent of eligible Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award, which adds Bronwynn to an elite group of female leaders across the country with the honor.