This spring, Julia Campfield and Renae Dotson will be receiving their Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting. Though an honor in itself, here’s another special fact: they are the first girls in more than 25 years from their hometown, Wray, Colo., to receive this award! Both girls attend Wray High School and did extremely unique and thoughtful projects to receive their Gold Award.
Julia utilized the Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary (in 2012) for her Gold Award project, creating an event for her community to celebrate the occasion. The day included crafts, cooking, skits, letter writing to soldiers and a food drive to help the local food banks. Many area Girl Scout troops helped as this required a lot of event planning and spreading the word in the community. Julia also wrote articles for the local Wray newspaper about Girl Scouts’ history.
“Completing my Gold Award has made me very extremely accomplished,” said Julia. “The greatest challenges were staying on top of it and dealing with finances! I love being in Girl Scouts because of the way the organization builds the leaders of tomorrow. I’m thrilled to be a part of that.”
Renae focused on an art project for her Gold Award. She created an art class for Kindergarten to fourth grade children to amend the issue of there being little to no art classes for this age group. Art is one of Renae’s passions, and she believes that the sooner you are introduced to it the better. The art mediums addressed through this Friday afterschool project included 3-D, symmetry, abstract, paint, pencil and pastel. At the end of the class the students entered their favorite piece of art in the Wray Art Show. Her lesson plans for the class will be used for similar future projects.
“I grew from a very shy and timid person to a confident leader through earning my Gold Award,” said Renae. “I also feel I inspired some future artists, giving them an outlet to express themselves. I’m the oldest girl in my family. I wanted to be the best big sister I could be and set an example and show my siblings that anyone can achieve their Gold Award. I love being in Girl Scouts because it’s like having another family. We get to have fun doing all the things that we like.”
Campfield and Dotson will be honored by Girl Scouts of Colorado this spring at the statewide Highest Awards events.