Francesca M. of Shelburn Falls
Play Day

For my Gold Award Project, I focused on the issue of kids being overly “plugged-in” to technology and not using their creativity and imagination.  As a long time Girl Scout camper, I have developed an appreciation for life without video games, television, cell phones, or even electricity. I see children sitting around with a Nintendo DS or a cell phone in their hands, instead of playing with other children and developing problem solving, communication and social skills.

I worked with leadership at Rowe Elementary School and the students of the National Honor Society to implement Play Day.  At Play Day, kids got creative, involved and excited about games and even invented new games.  At the end of the day, one young girl insisted on hunting down her “invention” before leaving. I knew the impact the day had on her. I learned some great lessons during my project including the importance of finding the right people for the job, persevering and the importance of planning and communication.  I also learned that the project leader is the glue that holds the team together.

Francesca has been a Girl Scout for 11 years and a camper at Camp Bonnie Brae for 9 years. She has completed the Counselor-in-Training and Camp Apprentice programs and participated in a Girl Scout destination to Costa Rica and Panama. Francesca treasures her summer camp experience as a time to connect with other Girl Scouts. Francesca graduated from Mohawk Trail Regional High School this spring where she was a member of National Honor Society and participated in the concert, jazz and marching bands.  She will be attending UMASS, Amherst in the fall as part of the Engineering Program and the Commonwealth Honors College.