Friday, February 24, 2017

Gold Award Spotlight: No Ifs, Ands or Buts: Commitment to Serving God

Jonée, a Portsmouth Girl Scout, has earned the Gold Award, which is the highest honor and achievement a girl can earn in Girl Scouting. 

For her project, Jonée created an educational tool that churches could use to spread the message of God. She wrote a Bible study curriculum that she shared with several local churches and oversaw the implementation of her curriculum during a week of Vacation Bible School at the Birthing Place Worship Center in Portsmouth. The curriculum that she wrote is a five-lesson program centered on the Parable of Sower, and each lesson has a PowerPoint, activities and presenter notes for the teacher.

"The Vacation Bible School was a success," Jonée said. "It was well-received, and both the students and the teachers learned from it."

In order to reach an even wider audience, Jonée met with leaders at three other churches to share her curriculum. She also placed her curriculum online so that it can be shared with anyone who wants to implement the lessons she created.

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 six percent of eligible Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award, which adds Jonée to an elite group of female leaders across the country with the honor.