Pages from the guidebook that Carson created.
Guiding Families of Hospice Chattanooga - A Gold Girl Story
Carson Bock of Signal Mountain is one of 29 Gold Award
recipients from the Girl
Scouts of the Southern Appalachians and the sole recipient from the
council of the inaugural GSUSA Gold Award Scholarship.
Now a freshman at University of Tennessee, Carson shares about her experiences and how Girl Scouts impacted her life.
Gold Award Girl Scouts are high schoolers who address issues they’re passionate about by planning and implementing a project that produces lasting change in the community and beyond. It is the Girl Scouts’ highest and most prestigious honor.
Carson created visitor guidebooks for hospice providers to share with families of patients after she experienced a loss and recognized the need to support the families. Carson’s grandmother was at Hospice of Chattanooga before she died.
“My family was totally lost with the process and how to get through it,” Carson said. “I knew that families who were from out of town or didn’t have experience with hospice must be even more lost than us, and I wanted to help. I reached out to the hospice with my idea to create a guidebook with helpful resources, and they had wanted to create something like it for a long time. They were so happy to finally have someone to make them!”
Each guidebook included restaurant and grocery listings, self-care tips, and information about the facility’s technology. Managing time for the project amid the COVID-19 pandemic, schoolwork, and preparing college applications proved a challenge, but “I knew that the hard work I was contributing to the project was going to make a difference in my community.”
Along the way, she learned self-motivation tactics as well as skills such as graphic design and clear, simple, and effective communication.
Now a freshman in the Class of 2025, Carson is majoring in civil engineering, with a planned double major in political science. She’s enrolled in the honors program and is pursuing a minor in educational leadership and policy studies with a planned double minor in Spanish.
Carson recently became one of roughly 100 recipients of the inaugural GSUSA Gold Award Scholarship. One $2,000 scholarship was awarded per council. “In addition to being awestruck by the scholarship, I’m also excited to be a part of the first group of girls to participate in this scholarship program and to have the opportunity to represent the Girl Scouts,” she said.
Lynne Fugate, CEO of the Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians, said, “We are proud of all our council’s Gold Award Girl Scouts, and especially proud of Carson for being selected as a scholarship recipient by our national organization. It is a high honor to be a Gold Award Girl Scout. It requires hours of hard work and determination, extraordinary leadership, and the demonstration of measurable and sustainable impact that drives lasting change in the community and beyond.”
These days, most of Carson’s time is spent on school – studying and projects, but Carson still loves finding time with her family and her dogs, Watson and Che Che. She also adores all things Disney and Marvel. “I love watching the Marvel movies and shows and learning the secrets – especially the engineering secrets – behind the Disney parks.”
Congratulations to Carson and all of our Gold Award recipients!
Carson dropping off finished guidebooks to Hospice of Chattanooga.