My name is Julia Gray and I am allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, coconuts, sesame, shellfish, and all seeds. I have only had three allergic reactions so far (age 2, 11, and 19) and I’d like to thank my precautionary measures as shared on this website for my track record of safety. I graduated from Spring-Ford High School in 2017 and I currently study Exercise Science (pre-Physical Therapy) and Music at the University of Delaware. I have been a member of FARE’s Teen Advisory Group since 2014 and have attended 5 of their Teen Summits for Food Allergies (2013-2015, 2018, and 2019). But my life is filled with many other things besides food allergies. In high school, I was very active with my school’s music department, participating in various choral and orchestral groups as a soprano and a violinist. I also dance non-competitively and participate in local community theaters. Additionally, I enjoyed writing in my school’s newspaper and eventually became Editor-in-Chief my senior year. As a current college student, it’s hard to keep up with all of my passions, but by adding a second major in music and a minor in dance, I am trying my best to keep these things in my life. I am a Girl Scout and a was a very active member of the older girl panel for my service unit. As a college student, I work at a Girl Scout camp in the summer, and volunteer with weekend programming during the school year. I tried my hardest to create the most normal life possible for me in high school despite my allergies and I believe that others should benefit from the lessons that I have learned. That’s why I chose to create this blog and YouTube channel for my Girl Scout Gold Award project.
About Gold Awards
The Gold Award is the most prestigious award a high school Girl Scout can earn. It is equivalent to the rank of Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts. Before beginning her Gold Award project, a girl must complete two leadership journey books in high school, or have completed her Silver Award as a middle schooler and completed a single high school level journey. Journeys are a long-term award centered around a specific theme that aims to make the world a better place through lessons and a “Take Action” project. Once the prerequisites are completed, the girl must attend a Gold Award training session held by her council, and create a project proposal. Once a girl’s proposal is completed, she will present her project to the Gold Award committee, and then she will have to put her project in action. A Gold Award project takes at least 80 hours to complete, involves a girl leading a team of at least 5 people, a mentor from an organization that will benefit from the project, and must fit a bunch of sustainability and other requirements to ensure a lasting impact. Once the project is finished, the girl makes a final presentation to the Gold Award committee to find out if she has earned her award. My council holds a ceremony each December to honor the scouts that earn their Gold Awards.