For Gold Award Project, Girl Scout Builds Outdoor Area for Seniors

October 15, 2014

Residents at Abernethy Laurels, a retirement community in Newton, now have an additional place to enjoy the outdoors thanks to a local girl scout.

Tiffany Brown, a 2014 Bandys High School graduate, desired to create an area that offered outdoor seating for seniors to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award. In addition, she wanted to beautify the area with landscaping. After a park bench was donated by Claremont business Dimension Wood Products, Brown used stain to finish the piece of furniture. As part of her project, she also planted a variety of seasonal and perennial plants.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest national award that a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador can earn. All girls spend a significant amount of time completing their Gold Award projects. Attaining the Girl Scout Gold Award requires a suggested 80 hours of planning and implementing a challenging, large-scale project that is innovative, engages others and has a lasting impact on its targeted community with an emphasis on sustainability. Brown spent more than 90 hours over several months designing, planning and creating the outdoor space.

"I hope residents at Abernethy Laurels will utilize their new outdoor area and know that it was created especially for them with love," said Brown, who is part of Troop 10344 that meets at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church in Sherrill's Ford.