Girl Scout Gold Award Ideas – Cancer and Other Health Awareness Causes

Is your high school Girl Scout interested in awareness of cancers or other health conditions? Check out these past Gold Award projects for inspiration.

Melanoma Awareness: A Girl Scout had focused her Gold Award project on melanoma awareness and the importance of protecting your skin from the sun. She created an educational brochure and distributed it in the community, handed out sun protection at a 5K race and educated children about the dangers of skin cancer at the YMCA’s after-school program.

Hospital Sanitation in China: A former Chinese exchange student worked to educate doctors and communities in China about the importance of sanitation in hospitals and health clinics.

Smiling at Your Future. For her Gold Award project, a Girl Scout worked with her school’s National Honor Society to create dental care packets for kids in need.

Launch Pads for Change:  A Girl Scout worked with Koinonia Fellowship to provide menstrual care and hygiene items to women in India for her Gold Award project.

Trisomy X Awareness: A Girl Scout created a website educating others on Trisomy X,  a genetic disorder that affects approximately 1 in 1,000 girls and causes developmental delays.

Adventures from My World. A Girl Scout created a comic book about kids with siblings who have special needs to help those kids feel less alone.

Hearing Loss Awareness. A Girl Scout developed online tools focusing on the dangers of listening to loud headphones for a younger audience. She created a website and a Facebook page, and designed packets for teachers including a Kahoot, which is a tool that allows students to take interactive quizzes on their phones.

Autism Spectrum: A Girl Scout developed the “Score a Friend” program to support youth group and club leaders with members who have autism spectrum disorder. The goal is to support building friends between kids with and without disabilities.

Heroin Documentary: After losing an uncle to a heroin overdose, a Girl Scout focused on raising awareness about the drug epidemic in her community. As part of her project she created a documentary on heroin.

Multiple Sclerosis and Cancer: A Girl Scout Ambassador advocated for the approval of Senate Bill 1180 to create a required registry of people diagnosed with MS in Puerto Rico. The bill obtained unanimous approval of the measure by both Legislative Assemblies of Puerto Rico and was converted into Law 85—the first law of a required registry for MS in the world. She also conducted educational talks on HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) so that information can continue to spread.

Turner Syndrome Awareness. A Girl Scout created video and presented to doctors to raise awareness for Turner Syndrome, a chromosomal disorder that affects 25-50 out of every 100,000 live baby girl births.

Disclaimer: Often when I share highest award projects on social media, I get asked, “How is that a Gold Award project? (Or Silver Award project? Or Bronze Award project?)” While there are formal written guidelines for the Girl Scout Gold Award, each Girl Scout council may have additional steps or interpretations of those guidelines.

Girl Scout Gold Award project ideas and inspiration for cancer and other health and disease awareness causes


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