Hannah Maeser, Girl Scout Ambassador and Gold Awardee, visited WHNT News 19 to discuss just what it takes to be a Girl Scout and how you can get involved.
Girl Scouts is the premier leadership organization for girls. Here in the Tennessee Valley, Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama is a United Way Partner that serves more than 14,000 girls, grades K-12.
A year-long Girl Scout membership costs only $15. Scholarships are offered to ensure that any girl who wants to participate in Girl Scouting can, even though the family may face financial hardships.
How do you earn a Girl Scout Gold Award?
- Each girl must be a registered Girl Scout Senior (9th-10th grade) or Ambassador (11th-12th grade).
- Girls must complete two Journeys (Senior or Ambassador) OR earn the Silver Award and complete one Journey.
- Working as an individual, girls research root causes of a community issue and develop a lasting solution. Throughout the Take Action project process, girls demonstrate extraordinary leadership.
To earn her Girl Scout Gold Award, Hannah wanted to address the lack of butterfly habitats necessary for species like endangered monarch butterflies in yards and gardens within the community. "Amateur gardeners of all ages typically plant plenty of flowers, which are usually fine food for adult butterflies. However, too many gardeners do not consider the needs to butterfly larvae when they plant their outdoor landscapes. I educated students and members of the community that were interested in butterflies how to build their own butterfly gardens."
If you or your child is interested in learning more about Girl Scouts, or locating a troop, please call (205) 980-4750 ext. 1400, or visit the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama website.