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Megan Bucol wanted to make people aware of how local recycling programs help keep the earth clean and prevent water supply contamination for her Girl Scout Gold Award project.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest national award that a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador, girls in grades 9-12, can earn.

Bucol, a Villa Duchesne High School graduate, created a pamphlet that supplied people in her community with information on how to properly recycle items and where hazardous wastes can be disposed of properly instead of dumping them on the ground or down sewers. During the project, she recycled 350 pounds of waste at the Household Hazardous Waste facility in St. Louis County that otherwise would have gone into landfills.

“Hopefully, the people that I worked with will reach out to others and educate them to recycle,” she said. “This will continue to expand recycling and care of our Earth and its water. The Earth is dynamic and each individual’s actions affect the national and global care of our planet and its water.”

Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award requires a suggested 80 hours of planning and implementing a challenging, large-scale project that is innovative, engages others and has a lasting impact on its targeted community with an emphasis on sustainability.

The City of Town & Country, where Bucol lives, will continue to keep her pamphlets in its city hall to promote recycling.

“I learned it takes a lot of time and patience to coordinate multiple people and organizations to accomplish a common goal. I have to manage my time wisely. I learned how difficult it is to coordinate and direct people to obtain a goal but how fulfilling it is to accomplish a project.”

Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award puts girls among an exceptional group of women who have used their knowledge and leadership skills to make a difference in the world. Some of the Gold Awardee benefits are:

  • A Girl Scout who has earned her Gold Award and enlists in the US armed forces, immediately rises one level in rank
     
  • Colleges and universities recognize the achievements and leadership abilities of Girl Scout Gold Award recipients by offering scholarship programs
     
  • Achievements of the Girl Scout Gold Award recipients are acknowledged by many government and non-profit organizations

Less than one percent of all Girl Scouts earn the Girl Scout Gold Award. With talent, passion, commitment and determination, they can make changes in their communities and impact people around the world. This year, 40 girls in eastern Missouri earned Gold Awards. They were recognized at a reception at Maritz in Fenton in June.

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