Thursday, October 8, 2015

Gold Award Spotlight: Blaze a Trail

Virginia Beach Girl Scout Isabelle has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor and achievement a girl can earn in Girl Scouting.

For her project, Isabelle created Turtle Trail, a nature trail at Munden Point Park. She began her project by mapping and marking the trail. Then, with a team of volunteers that she organized, Isabelle removed fallen trees, pulled weeds and took out poison ivy and thorny bushes along the new trail. She then spread mulch along the trail to prevent weeds from growing back. Once the trail was created, Isabelle added signs to inform people about the wildlife they may see along the trail, as well as information about how to identify poison ivy.

Isabelle chose to do this project in order to encourage people to spend more time outdoors engaged in physical activity.

“Many people assume that there is nothing to see at the park and this has led to people’s unwillingness to go outside and experience nature,” Isabelle said. “With the addition of Turtle Trail and informational signs, people can look at nature with a keen eye and observe everything it has to offer.”

Isabelle is an avid trail runner and enjoys the many trails in Virginia Beach. She hopes that her trail can be a new enjoyable spot for runners and non-runners alike.

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 Isabelle to an elite group of female leaders across the country with the honor.