Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) is pleased to announce that Megan Scheibel from Millstadt has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive.
For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, called Kingdom R.O.C.K. (Respect, Open-Up, Confidence, Keep Away), Megan developed and hosted an anti-bullying camp. After personally experiencing bullying, she wanted children to have more resources to combat bullying, and most importantly, to know that they are not alone if they were being bullied.
Megan set up her anti-bullying workshop with daily themed activities matching the acronym R.O.C.K. - respect, open-up, confidence and keep away –which are identified as four key components to overcoming bullying. During the program, children learned more about respecting themselves and others, how to approach a trusted adult if they encountered bullying, ways to build self-confidence and techniques to avoid engaging with bullies. Each day offered hands-on activities, including a craft, song and dance to help them remember key learning points. After the session was over, a quiz was taken to assess how well the young students learned and if any topic needed to be covered again. With these lessons, Megan was certain participants would be able to better identify, prevent and stop bullying.
“It was heart-warming to see the impact I had,” she said. “I learned you really do have an impact on people, especially when they have gone through the same things as yourself.”
To ensure Kingdom R.O.C.K. has lasting influence, Megan created a binder detailing its lesson plans, which she distributed to local schools. “I grew as I educated and inspired others to act against bullying and could see the difference in my community and worldwide with one small step at a time,” she said.
Megan is the daughter of Christina and William Scheibel. She is currently a senior at Althoff Catholic High School and will graduate in spring 2018, after which, she plans to study physical therapy in college.
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.