Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois is pleased to announce that Kelsey Campbell from Marissa has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award— the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, she volunteered to help the Marissa Historical Museum celebrate the town’s 150th birthday.
The building that previously housed the local museum had been destroyed by fire in 2015, forcing it to relocate. Campbell learned that the new space needed more display cases and wanted to lend a hand to help prepare for the town’s upcoming festivities. She worked with DL Woodworking to get guidance on how to build cabinets, then used skills she had learned in high school woodshop classes. First, she designed the cabinet, then cut the wood into the pieces necessary. Next, she sanded the wood and applied an antique stain before assembling the cabinet, which she donated to the museum.
Campbell also created an exhibit featuring Marissa’s Girl Scout history. Through research and interviews, she was able to create a list of the town’s Girl Scout Leaders through history, starting with the first troop leader Mrs. Annetta Ballard in 1929. She then added Girl Scout historic facts and collected memorabilia to add to the display. She was excited to share the impact that Girl Scouts has had on the community.
“Girl Scout Leaders in Marissa are community leaders, health care workers, librarians, bankers, lawyers, teachers, homemakers, business owners and so much more,” she said. “Girl Scouts throughout the United States and globally grow up to be adults who make the world a better place.”
As a final contribution, Campbell created a large wooden birthday cake for the community. The cake was displayed on Main Street in Marissa throughout the year and at the Marissa Coal Festival.
“I am proud to be a resident of Marissa, a local church member, a student and a Girl Scout,” said Campbell. “Everyone I spoke to about the project was so nice and helpful. It made it fun learning about Marissa’s history.”
Campbell added that she learned more about her own abilities as well.
“I developed leadership skills in communication and working with others, as well as new self-esteem,” she said. “I will be confident taking charge of projects or events while working with peers to complete a task.”
Campbell is the daughter of CD and Nanette Campbell. She completed her Girl Scout Gold Award project during her senior year at Marissa High School, where she graduated in spring 2018. She currently attends Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) with plans to continue her education in the nursing field.
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