Waukesha residents Sydney Budelier and Miranda Spindt were recently awarded the highest award in Girl Scouting, the Girl Scout Gold Award.

Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast recently hosted a celebration to honor Girl Scouts who achieved their Girl Scout Gold Award by completing a Take Action project that impacts the community and makes the world a better place. Projects typically take 65-80 hours to accomplish.

Budelier, of Girl Scout Troop 2713, loves to dance and wanted to change the perception that it was typically an activity for females. Her Girl Scout Gold Award project, “Take it from the Top," incorporated a Dance Merit Badge into the Boy Scout program; created, directed and hosted a Cub Scout hip-hop dance class for her community; and developed a hip-hop class targeting elementary school boys that will continue to be taught at Studio One Dance Company.

“Through this project, I learned that if I put my mind to it, I can tackle any big project by breaking it down into small pieces,” Budelier explained.

Spindt, of Troop 2854, educated the community of Paita in Peru about the need for safe drinking water and provided resources through her Gold Award project “Healthy Water, Healthy Life."

Food and water borne illnesses are common in the area due to limited access to safe drinking water. In addition to creating a bilingual pamphlet explaining symptoms to be aware of, Spindt assembled and distributed 50 gravity-fed purification filters to increase water safety. She taught families how to use and maintain the systems.

"I'm hoping that the overall health of the community will improve over time and less long term complications will be seen," Spindt said.

Spindt was also awarded the 2017 GSWISE Young Women of Distinction honor for the Girl Scout Gold Award category, which is given to a Girl Scout Gold awardee who has shown exceptional leadership and delivered a sustainable project which has a significant impact in making the world a better place.

"I am always inspired by our Girl Scouts who achieve their Gold Award,” said Christy Brown, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast. "These young women are go-getters, innovators, risk-takers and leaders and it is a privilege to acknowledge their accomplishments."  

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