Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois is pleased to announce that Cheyenne Hunter from Charleston has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award— the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, she built a worship theater at Camp Warren, a local church camp used by multiple community groups.
“Worship music is a passion of mine, Camp Warren is a passion of mine, and Girl Scouts is a passion of mine,” she shared. “The opportunity to put all three together was the perfect Girl Scout Gold Award project for me.”
First, Hunter collaborated with Camp Warren Director Zach Schaefer to plan her project – deciding that an outdoor amphitheater area would be a fantastic improvement. Next, she helped facilitate a camp alumni bags tournament to help raise funds and for supplies. Once funding was secure, she helped order and organize all of the materials and coordinate the construction crew. Together, she and the builders added new supports and fencing on the dock, built bleachers and installed seating. They also laid a concrete pad for lawn chairs. Last, she set up a plan with Schaefer to continue maintenance and taught an area Girl Scout Troop about woodworking to help with future repairs.
While she shared that parts of the project were a challenge, Hunter said the experience taught her how to overcome obstacles.
“I learned that when things don’t go as planned, you cannot get upset and give up. When you’re really passionate about something, it makes it easier to face your fears.”
Hunter added that earning her Girl Scout Gold Award also gave her newfound confidence.
“Doing this project has built up my courage, which greatly helps when in a leadership role,” she said. “Instead of saying ‘whatever you think,’ I now voice my opinion on the situation and see it through.”
Cheyenne is the daughter of Travis and Lindsey Hunter. She is currently a junior at Charleston High School, where she will graduate in 2020. After graduation, she plans to attend Eastern Illinois University to study hospitality.
The Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn, recognizes a Girl Scout's commitment to excellence as she develops skills and values to meet present and future challenges in her life. To earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, a Girl Scout Senior or Girl Scout Ambassador must design and carry out a project that fulfills a need within a girl’s community, creates change, and is sustainable. The project must be completed with a suggested minimum of 80 hours of work. Only about 5 percent of eligible girls earn the prestigious Gold Award.