Local Student Earns Girl Scout Gold Award
The Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards are the highest honors a Girl Scout can earn and Lucas resident, Neha Kapur has earned each one. She affixed the awards onto her sash which also displays copious amounts of badges. Kapur has been a Girl Scout with Troop 1105 for eight years. She said through her experience with Girl Scouts she has gained confidence, independence, leadership skills, communication skills, survival skills, teamwork and friendships.
While en route to earning the Gold Award, she participated in many community serving activities such as making blankets for pets, picking up trash on the highway and helping younger Girl Scouts earn badges. Their troop hosted puppet making workshops for children and book drives. The books and some of the puppets as well as birthday boxes were donated to the Children’s Advocacy Center in Plano. They hosted a family fun night at a skating rink where attendees were requested to donate money or toiletries which would be given to the Samaritan Inn (a homeless shelter).
For her Gold Award project she hosted first aid workshops that taught elementary students, grades kindergarten through fourth grade, the importance of first aid and how to perform it. She went to each Lovejoy ISD elementary school during their after-school programs and presented the workshops. She also taught the workshop at her church. Each workshop lasted approximately an hour and a half. Students learned how to treat burns, cuts, wounds, asthma attacks, allergies, broken bones, sprains, nose bleeds and how to use an EpiPen. They practiced applying gauze, made their own first aid kit, listened to their hearts through a stethoscope and played age-appropriate first aid related games. She said when the students first arrived they were skeptical, but when the workshop was over they didn’t want to leave. Her favorite part of the project was seeing the enthusiasm expressed from the kids.
It is required that Gold Award projects take at least 80 hours to complete and are sustainable. A budget and timeline must be created. The proposal must be approved by council. Gerri Gordon, Girl Scouts North Texas Older Girl Program Coordinator approved Kapur’s project. She began planning the project in September 2017, and finished it in February 2018.
Regarding what she learned through this project, she said, “I can accomplish anything. It was a lot of work, but it paid off in the end. The kids can perform first aid properly.”
Kapur is a senior at Lovejoy High School She will attend UTD and major in Biomedical Engineering. The Kapur family has lived in Lucas for almost 10 years.