Ellen Radcliffe one of 3% in nation to earn Scout Gold

Ellen Radcliffe is one of just  three percent nationwide to earn a Gold Award as a Girl Scout. The Eagle Point High School senior accomplished this rare honor last May. It is not only what she has accomplished but how she accomplished this rare honor that clearly demonstrates who Ellen Radcliffe is.

She has earned this distinguishing as a Juliette (named for the founder of Girl Scouts), meaning she has not been affiliated with a troop during her climb to the Gold and her ranking as an Ambassador Girl Scout. This takes a person with determination, self discipline and one who sets goals.

Ellen’s journey began as a first grader in Girl Scouts. She earned her first award, which was a Bronze Award as a Junior Girl Scout. This required at least 15hours, including planning time, on some sort of community service project.

She worked her way to becoming a Cadette where she earned the Silver Award. This is the highest award for this age group. To earn this takes a required series of steps and a minimum of 50 hours after completing what is called a Cadette journey.

Before starting the Gold Award project, Ellen had to accomplish the following prerequisite project awards:

Leadership award- This involved  completion of three Interest Projects: Photography, Do You Get the Message? and Child Care. Each one of these took 20 to 30 hours to complete and each involved a community service project. She had to complete the Studio 2B Focus Book-On the Road; and spent 30 hours in a leadership position. She served as  secretary of her class at EPHS.

Career award- This involved completing 40 hours of career exploration activities. She did this by job shadowing and visiting colleges. Job shadowing involved spending two weeks shadowing Ms. Mook’s 7th grade science class at EPMS. And she visited a variety of state universities.

4B’s Challenge- To earn this award, Ellen needed to identify needs in the community and find solutions for problems. The issue Ellen focused on was finding ways families, students and community members would be able to afford necessities, like clothing.

After all the prerequisites were completed, Ellen had to plan and implement a project to benefit those outside the Girl Scout community. The project had to take a minimum of 60 hours. For her Gold Award project, Ellen created and implemented the annual Eagle Point Free Community Clothing Swap. This Nov. 20-21 will be the third annual event. It will be held at the Ashpole Center. Those with clothing to donate  that is clean and in good repair should bring it to the Ashpole Center (by city hall ) between 3 and 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20. They will receive a coupon for each donated item. The following morning, between 8 and 12n, they can bring their coupons and receive one item of clothing for each coupon. Unclaimed clothing will be donated to the Clothing Barn, 2nd floor at the Judge Stewart House and to Medford Gospel Mission. It is Ellen’s hope that this project will  continue as an annual event to benefit members of the Upper Rogue.

It has been a three-year project for Ellen to earn this prestigious award. A ceremony honoring Ellen and her achievement will be held at a later date.

All of this and she has been a member of the varsity soccer team and is a 4.0 student.  And she is a student teller at Rogue Federal. She wants to attend Lewis & Clark and eventually become a naturopathic physician. She hopes to play soccer at Lewis & Clark. 

Ellen is the daughter of Mike and Deborah Radcliffe of Eagle Point. 
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent

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