Project Purpose

My name is Kendall DeTora, and I have been a Girl Scout since I was in First Grade. I have earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award, the Girl Scout Silver Award, and now I have my sights set on earning the Girl Scout Gold Award. My plan for earning the Gold Award is a project called the “Gold Garden Project.”

I am a member of Green Hill Presbyterian Church in Enterprise, Alabama. My church used to have a beautiful landscaped front lawn. Unfortunately, last year a teenager who was drag-racing down the street in front of the church lost control of his car, flipped it several times, and landed upside down on the church property. He was lucky to have survived. Not only did he total his car, and a utility pole, but he also took out all of the trees and bushes for more than 100 feet. The church has since covered most of the area with grass, but we have been left with a giant ugly rocky circle right in the middle of the property. I see this problem as an opportunity. As part of my Gold Award Project, I want to turn this ugly spot into a pollinator garden. Pollinator gardens are gardens that have the types of flowers that provide nectar and pollen for insects. In addition to being beautiful, they also help support local bee and butterfly populations.

It has been determined that three quarters of the flowering plants in the world and more than one third of the food crops in the world, need animal pollinators to reproduce. A number of studies have been done that show just how important animal pollinators are to the food chain. It has been estimated that one out of every three bites of food we eat depend on animal pollinators. Unfortunately, pollinators are in trouble all over the world. Bees, butterflies, and even bats are disappearing and dying. Every year more natural habitat is lost and these pollinators have to struggle to face their changing environments. Every time a new building goes up or a new parking lot is paved, these animals have to figure out how to survive, and food production depends on their survival. Something as simple as planting a pollinator garden, even a small one, can have a major impact on a local ecosystem. The more people who are encouraged to plant their own pollinator gardens the more impact there will be on the world food supply.

It is my hope that my “Gold Garden Project” will teach people how important pollinators are and will encourage people to keep planting pollinator gardens for many years to come.

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You can follow my progress in the blog posts below…

Congratulations Gold Award Girl Scout Kendall DeTora

The following post was copied from Green Hill Presbyterian Church:

Congratulations to Kendall DeTora who received final approval for the Girl Scout Gold Award yesterday.  Kendall is a Senior at Enterprise High School who has been member of Girl Scouts since she was in 1st grade. She had previously earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award and the Girl Scout Silver Award, and now she has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn.

For the final step in earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, Kendall created the Gold Garden Project, an education plan to teach others about the importance of supporting pollinator populations.  The centerpiece of her project was a large pollinator garden on the front lawn of Green Hill.  The garden was certified as both a Wildlife Habitat and a Monarch Waystation.

To learn more about Kendall’s project, and also to learn more about pollinators, click HERE.

The Girl Scout Gold Award (originally named the Golden Eagle of Merit) is the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn.  The Gold Award is earned by fewer than 6% of Girl Scouts annually. This prestigious award represents a Girl Scout’s dedication and commitment to Girl Scouting and to her community. Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award requires hard work and a willingness to take on significant responsibility. For many, the leadership and organizational skills and sense of community and commitment that come from earning the Gold Award set the foundation for a lifetime of active citizenship. Girl Scouts who earn the Gold Award distinguish themselves in the college admissions process, earning college scholarships, entering the military one rank higher, and, of course, in job interviews. The Gold Award project takes a minimum of 80 hours to complete.