Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois congratulates Railyn Bardle from Pinckneyville for becoming a Gold Award Girl Scout, a designation she earned by promoting fire safety in her community.
“I wanted to use my talent for art to earn the Gold Award and have always been interested in fire safety. I combined my two interests for this project,” she said.
The Gold Award is the mark of the truly remarkable—earned by a high school Girl Scout who works to address an issue she’s passionate about in a way that produces meaningful and lasting change. Whether it’s on a local, national, or global level, Gold Award Girl Scouts provide innovative solutions to significant challenges.
First, Railyn created and installing instructional signage in front of the local firehouse. She welded a stand for the signs out of metal channel, then painted fire safety tips to display. Next, she delivered a program at Pinckneyville’s “Friday Night at the Park,” event that included additional safety displays, pamphlets, and coloring pages for children. She also taught kids how to stop, drop and roll and played trivia games to help them learn how to respond to an emergency. To reach more children, she held a coloring contest with a prize basket for Kindergarten students during Fire Prevention Week. Last, she assembled care bags for children who lost their homes to fire.
Gold Award Girl Scouts don’t just change the world for the better, they change it for good. The Gold Award is earned by girls in grades 9–12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership in developing sustainable solutions to local, national, and global challenges. Since 1916, Girl Scouts have answered the call to drive lasting, impactful change. The Gold Award is the mark of the truly remarkable. Along with helping the community be better prepared to prevent and respond to fires, earning the Girl Scout Gold Award helped Railyn develop her own abilities as well.
“Looking back on this project, I am proud to know I have accomplished it,” she said. “I feel like after earning my Gold Award, I can now take on bigger and more projects to help make a difference in my community and the world.”
Railyn is the daughter of Patti Bardle and Tom Bardle. She is a member of the class of 2020 at Pinckneyville High School and plans to attend Rend Lake College following graduation, where she will study history education.