Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons congratulates Harriet Boltjes of Brookings, SD for earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award to be achieved in Girl Scouts.
Harriet’s love of Oakwood State Park inspired her History of Oakwood Project. She wanted to share an accurate history of the park with visitors. To accomplish this, she created an informational pamphlet and sign that was hung in the park. During the summer months, the pamphlets had to be replenished multiple times, because visitors were so excited to learn about the history. Park Rangers will help keep the pamphlets stocked for future visitors.
Her accomplishments reflect leadership, citizenship, and foundational skills built through Girl Scouts. “When I first joined Girl Scouts, I was super shy and had no friends, but Girl Scouts helped me gain confidence and long-lasting friendships,” Harriet said. “Also, it makes me feel like I’m a part of something that will always accept me.”