Here’s How One Girl Scout Used Her Gold Award Project to Build-Up Her Community

By: Natalie Shoemaker, Advancement Coordinator


A Girl Scout going for her Gold Award represents a huge moment in not only her life, but in the lives of the people around her. For Emily Murphy, a Girl Scout Ambassador, she wanted to find a way to promote fitness and community building.

The Gold Award allows girls to reflect on their community and connect to an issue in a personal way. It’s about finding a way to leave a place better than you found it.

Emily found her project in the repair of the Ellis Hollow Community Center playground (EHCC).

“The Bob Leathers-designed playground has been a hub of joyful play at the EHCC for nearly 30 years,” says Liam Murphy, an assistant leader of Girl Scout Troop 41107 and Emily’s father. “Kids from all backgrounds and schools have come together to enjoy the kid-inspired play structure. In fact, we had some of the original designers return to help – Rita Rosenburg, her daughters and a grandson all helped (and had some fun revisiting their original kid-drawings of the features they wanted in the playground!).”

Her main goals were to get the suspension bridge in working order again. Check.

Emily Murphy

Repair the deep divots under the swings, and even replace one of the more loved swings entirely. Check.


Sift and freshen up the sandbox. Check.

And renovate the tire bridges. Check.

Emily gold Award

Liam says this project “was done with the help of over 25 volunteers … some from her own Girl Scout Troop, some from the Senior Class at LACS, some from Cub Scout Pack 55 and Boy Scout Troop 55 and others from the Ellis Hollow community.”

Thanks goes to Emily for her leadership on this project, which has helped better her community.

We’re always looking to share stories (large and small) about our girls and what they’re doing in and for their community. Send photos and info to

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