Saturday, April 25, 2015

Gold Award Spotlight: A Few Good Bats

Girl Scout Ambassador Sabryna from Virginia Beach  has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor and achievement in Girl Scouting.

Sabryna has always been fascinated by bats and enjoys watching them fly at night. She also understands the benefits of having bats around the help control the mosquito population. For her project, Sabryna focused on educating people about the benefits of bats and building bat boxes to place around Hampton Roads to encourage growth of the local bat population. She visited numerous Girl Scout and Boy Scout troop meetings, where she shared facts about bats, led activities to reinforce the information she taught and helped scouts built bat boxes. She also hosted a workshop at Northwest River State Park, where she eventually hung 11 bat boxes, and she placed additional bat boxes at Norfolk Botanical Garden and Pipsico Scout Reservation, as well as her own backyard.

“Bats are fascinating creatures,” Sabryna said. “I chose this project to share my interest in bats with others and explain the positive impact bats have on our environment.”

Sabryna also created a brochure about bats and displayed her project at community events to further educate the public about the benefits of bats.

The Gold Award requires girls to identify an issue in the 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 Sabryna to an elite group of females across the country with the honor.