Gold Award Girl Scout: Abby Sickinger

This is the second in a four-part series interviewing this year’s Girl Scout Gold Award recipients from Castle Rock.

Four Castle Rock Girl Scouts recently received their Gold Award, the highest honor in the organization. The Girl Scout Gold Award is a seven-step project in which girls strive to solve a community problem.

Aimee Bianca, the Highest Awards Manager with Girl Scouts of Colorado, said the process has a lasting effect on the Girl Scouts.

“They learn so many things but they really learn how to manage a project efficiently and communicate with adults,” Bianca said. “For the girls, it means that they have the power to create change in their community in a meaningful way and that they have the power to pull together a team of people who support the things they are about.”

Here, girl scout Abby Sickinger answers questions about her involvement in the organization and her Gold Award project.

About me

I am a freshman at Arapahoe Community College. I am very passionate about music, which guided me to study Music Audio Technology. In my free time, I lead a patrol of Junior Scouts (fourth and fifth graders) in a Super Troop (a troop containing all program levels of Girl Scouts). I also love to read and write, and make music with a close friend.

What was your Girl Scout Gold Award project and what were its goals?

My Gold Award project was called Operation Occupation. The main goal of my project was to help high school students get a job. I had different stations at my event that gave them specific skills needed to acquire a job. These stations included a resume station, dress and behavior station, mock interview station, and a station with employers looking to hire high schoolers. I also had successful people speak to the attendees about their story.

Looking back, what do you think you were able to accomplish through this project?

Nine out of the fifteen students that attended got a job after the event, and said that my event helped them gain confidence to do it. My YouTube channel has reached four different countries, and has been seen in different states across the United States. My website has been shared by three different sources, and has been viewed by a total of 73 different people. Although a lot of the accomplishments aren’t physically visible, many people have learned more about what I was trying to teach.

How do you think this project has impacted your local community of Castle Rock and the nearby areas? Were you able to learn more about your own community by doing it?

Most high schoolers I talked to had no idea what getting a job really meant, and how impactful it is for not only them, but others around them. They learned that jobs are more than money, and that they give you experience, skills and memories.

How did this project influence you and what did you personally learn from it?

The most valuable idea I got from this project was to not procrastinate. Girl Scouts are allowed to start earning their Gold Award in ninth grade. I decided to put it off until my senior year. This made it stressful, difficult and rushed. I definitely could have had a bigger impact if I started earlier. Also, I learned how to communicate with people outside of my age group. I learned organization, time management and how to ask for help when needed.

Finally, why do you participate in Girl Scouts?

I started as a Daisy (kindergarten) and went through every level possible, which means I participated for 13 years before bridging to an adult scout. Throughout these 13 years, I have gained leadership skills, initiative, and learned respect for my environment, others and myself. I continued on to be a troop leader because I am passionate about empowering girls to be a leader, and go for their dreams.

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