At Girl Scouts, we have a mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place, and this Girl Scout has embodied that mission through service in her own community. Meet Sydney D. — a member of Troop 1309 in DeWitt and a Gold Award Girl Scout! Last year, Sydney earned a Gold Award for her Numbers for Safety Gold Award project. This year, Sydney is being recognized statewide for her contributions to her community through her Gold Award project.
Numbers for Safety addressed the issue of homes and businesses in Sydney’s community that were not in compliance with the city ordinance requiring each home and business to have at least 4-inch numbers posted, clearly visible from the nearest road.
“The emergency vehicles in my town are not equipped with GPS navigation systems, so it’s critical that no time is wasted when an emergency arises,” says Sydney. “So, I set out to implement a sustainable solution to the problem.”
Sydney developed a log of all 1,668 homes and businesses in the community and noted the condition of the numbers. She visited those that were not in compliance to inform them of the ordinance and the importance of complying. When Sydney completed her project, all homes and businesses were in compliance with the city ordinance.
“Earning a Girl Scout Gold Award has afforded me so many opportunities,” says Sydney. “But nothing makes me feel more pride than going through town and realizing that I have helped my community be just a little safer.”
Since earning her Gold Award, Sydney has been recognized by her city council with a proclamation, she was recognized at a school board meeting, and she even was named Citizen of the Year at the Best of South Arkansas County Banquet— the first time the award has been given to a youth. Most recently, Sydney has been named the youth honoree for the Arkansas Community Service Awards.
When she is not busy making the world a better place, Sydney enjoys duck hunting, playing basketball and serving on the Girl Scouts — Diamonds Council Advisory Team. She plans to attend college at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia and major in wildlife biology.