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Natalie Costigan, a resident of Springfield, is among 25 Girl Scouts honored by Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan with the Gold Award. Gold Award Girl Scouts are change agents who show leadership and citizenship skills that help them stand out among their peers by making a sustainable impact in their communities.
The Gold Award is Girl Scouts’ highest honor and is presented to Girl Scouts who dedicate a minimum of 80 hours to addressing a community issue or problem through a sustainable community change project.
For her project, Costigan created a butterfly garden at the Springfield Township Library. Visiting the library often throughout the years, she wanted to give back to the library to help the next generation learn as much about the world. After learning of the decline in the butterfly population since the industrialization of agriculture, Costigan decided to create a butterfly garden at the library. She enlisted the help of peers and community members, and together, they created a garden. With the help of the library staff, the garden will remain at the library for years to come. The butterfly garden not only helped the environment and educating the people of Springfield Township.
“My Gold Award project taught me about leadership and taking action.”
“I’ve never led a project of this magnitude and I’m hoping that what I learned about leadership through creating the butterfly garden, will help me in the future,” said Costigan.
According to a study on the impact of the Gold Award, by the Girl Scout Research Institute, Gold Award Girl Scouts display more positive life outcomes than non–Girl Scout alums including having a positive sense of self and greater life satisfaction, leadership, community service, and civic engagement. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award Girl Scouts, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievement.
“Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award is truly a remarkable achievement, and these young women exemplify leadership in all its forms,” said Denise Dalrymple, chief executive officer of GSSEM. “They saw a need in their communities and took action. Their extraordinary dedication, perseverance, and leadership are making the world a better place.”