In order to receive this prestigious award, Laura had to live out the AHG Creed and Oath, plus complete a number of requirements, including:
- Earning 16 merit badges
- Earning the P.R.A.Y. religious award
- Holding a leadership position in her troop for a minimum of six months
- Planning, developing, and providing a leadership to others in a 100+ hour service project
- Writing an essay and mini-resume
- Receiving at least three letters of reference
- Passing a board of review
For her project, Laura led the development of a nature trail behind CHCA's EBL and Founders' buildings. This nature trail was built to be a valuable asset for outdoor, hands-on education in science and other classes, and also provides a peaceful place for students and others to observe and enjoy God's creation.
Laura shared, "I give special thanks to Mrs. Myers-Shiveley, the elementary science teacher, who supported my nature trail idea from the very beginning, and all of the AHG leaders such as my mom [Dr. Dykstra], Mrs. Bruns, Mrs. Gruber, and Mrs. Moon. I truly appreciate them and my AHG friends." She also says, "I thank God for giving me so many great opportunities and for guiding me along the way. I hope the teachers and the students at CHCA will be able to use and enjoy the nature trail for many years to come."
Laura is a member of St. Maximillian Kolbe's AHG Troop OH 2513, but began her AHG journey with CHCA Troop OH 9910.
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