Friday, October 19, 2018

Girl Scout Ambassador Maylea has earned her Gold Award

Maylea Beasley has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor and achievement a girl can earn in Girl Scouts.

Maylea let her imagination soar when she created her plan for her Gold Award project, “Education on Aviation.” She recognized that in her community there was not enough children who were educated on aviation and the role that it has played in history. With the help of her mentor, Stan Bialas, Maylea was able to create self-guided tour books for children of all ages. The goal of her tour books was to help educate children in the community on the history of aviation when they visited the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach.

When she first toured the Military Aviation Museum, Maylea noticed that a majority of the volunteer staff were older. She felt that caused a communication barrier between the staff and the children that visited the museum. The self-guided tour books made it easier for the volunteers to connect with the children because the books were categorized by grade level.

“Children will always have what they learned from my passports with them,” she said. “I hope that they will tell others to come to the museum to learn about it for themselves!”

The Military Aviation Museum will continue to keep Maylea’s self-guided tour books available for the community to use. The books will be updated as new exhibits are added to the museum.