What is the Gold Award?
In Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., the Gold Award is the highest achievement that a Girl Scout can earn. It is a service based accomplishment, with the goal that the project can continue after the Scout has graduated from Girl Scouts.
I’ve lived in Phoenix, Arizona my whole life, and been a Girl Scout for fifteen years. Everywhere I’ve lived, we had a saguaro cactus in our front yard. Our first saguaro began to tilt, and had to be supported by a post until it straightened itself out. This is a common sight in Phoenix medians, and is a result of a replanted saguaro not having a deep enough root system. Our second saguaro fell over last year, even though it was a young cactus. I wanted to learn more about why saguaros in Metro Phoenix could fall over and die for seemingly no reason.
Special thanks to: Jeny Davis of EcoFlora, Don Swann, Jason Wiley, and Carissa DeCicco.