BEDFORD — Knowing that many of New Hampshire’s lakes are too dirty to swim in, Holly Rohlfs decided that keeping Newfound Lake one of the cleanest in the state would be her priority in going for her Girl Scout Gold Award. The Gold Award is the highest level of achievement a Girl Scout can earn.
“I learned a lot about construction, water sampling, marketing, and overall lake safety,” said Rohlfs, 17, of New Boston, in her Gold Award final report. “I learned what it was like to be in charge of a large group of girls leading a trail, or, more importantly, what it is like telling adults what to do.”
Rohlfs, who spends her summers at the lake, worked with the Newfound Lake Regional Association to teach those using the lake that they not only have to be careful about draining and wiping off their boats as they go from one water body to another, but also that lawn fertilizers and landscaping choices can have an effect on the lakes’ health.
The Derryfield School student created a pamphlet, video and blog for the NLRA website. She also took on landscaping projects around the lake. Her video, soon to be posted at the website, is also online at https://youtu.be/4usQQ9k67HM.
Boyd Smith, Rohlfs’ advisor, said she also helped the NRLA by taking part in its programs, taking photos, and writing an article for its fall 2017 newsletter.
“Holly is a very smart, focused, thoughtful and hard-working young lady,” said Smith. “She worked well in a variety of situations. I would hire her/partner with her again. I believe the Gold Award is an important opportunity offered by the [Girl Scouts] and would be happy to mentor future Gold Award candidates.”
Holly exemplifies the Girl Scout DNA and takes the lead as a G.I.R.L. (Go-Getter, Risk-Taker, Innovator, Leader)™. To earn the Gold Award, each Girl Scout identifies and develops a Take Action project in her community that will stand the test of time, have a meaningful influence on people’s lives, and leave a legacy that lasts forever. It is one of the most challenging, exciting, and rewarding experiences a girl can have.