A local Girl Scout from Farmington will receive the highest award any Girl Scout can earn after dedicating more than 10 years to the organization and completing a community service project.
Lauri Roberts-Nutt, a Farmington High School senior, has earned the Gold Award after she renovated two of the 10 rooms at the Frontline Mission shelter for abused mothers and their children.
“I thought it was a good opportunity to do it, and when I checked out the rooms I was pretty interested,” Roberts-Nutt said about Frontline Mission. “The rooms were completely bare, and they had cracked walls so I mudded them, patched them, did dry walling and painted them.”
Roberts-Nutt also asked the store, Aaron’s, to donate furniture and Home Depot to donate the materials and supplies. The Farmington Elks Lodge donated $500 to the project.
“I think it was an awesome idea for her to be involved because she is a Girl Scout, and that shows that other Girl Scouts aren’t limited to building little projects,” said Everett Griffith, Frontline Mission director.
Local Girl Scout troops were invited to Frontline Mission to take a tour of the facility and learn about Robert-Nutt’s project and the importance of helping the community.
The entire project took Roberts-Nutt six months to complete and she logged 134 hours and 5 minutes. “It took a lot of hard work, but in the end it paid off.”
The Gold Award is awarded to fewer than 6 percent of Girl Scouts every year in the United States, according to Carol Ann Short, Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails public relations manager.
“It is pretty exciting. For a while I didn’t know if I was going to find a project or continue to do it,” Roberts-Nutt said about receiving the award.
Maggie Bahe, Roberts-Nutt’s Girl Scout troop leader, said she is proud of her accomplishment. “She did it all on her own. She contacted Everett (Griffith) with Frontline Mission and got all the resources and did that without my help,” Bahe said. “She worked very hard to get there.”
Along with the Gold Award, Roberts-Nutt also received a Bronze Award for sewing dog beds for the El Dorado Animal Sanctuary, a no-kill shelter, and a Silver Award for designing a local resource guide for the 15 Girl Scout troops in the area.
“I’m very proud of her for the project she chose to do and I’m proud that she finished and got her Gold Award, especially because so many girls drop out,” said Marilyn, Roberts-Nutt’s mother. “She learned from it, benefitted from it and I hope she is proud of her accomplishment.”
Roberts-Nutt said her time as a Girl Scout has been rewarding. ““We got to experience a lot of different things like activities and volunteering and we learned about everyday things in life.”
Roberts-Nutt will receive the Gold Award during an April 20 Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails Awards & Recognition Ceremony in Albuquerque. She will attend San Juan College this fall and work towards a nursing degree.
If anyone else wishes to help continue renovating rooms at the Frontline Mission, call Griffith at 505.564.3740.