AGAWAM — Erin E. Ewing wanted to provide a safe and easily accessible way for members of her community to stay physically active during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, so for her capstone Girl Scout project, she designed Fitness On-the-Go.
She created three sets of portable exercise circuits that give community members of all ages a way to build and maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. With a goal of inspiring others to get active regardless of age or access to workout equipment, she created levels of exercises for beginner, intermediate and advanced individuals with circuits including warm-up, five exercises and cool-down stretches. She built and provided signs with exercise instructions for Agawam’s senior center, library and parks and recreation facility.
“I learned that with the skills that I have acquired in Girl Scouts, I have the ability to make positive changes and contribute to the health and wellness of my community,” said the 2020 Agawam High School graduate.
She was among eight Scouts from Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties who the Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts recognized in 2021 for becoming Gold Award Girl Scouts.
The Gold Award is Girl Scouting’s highest achievement. High school girls work to address an issue they are passionate about in a way that produces meaningful and lasting change. Whether it’s on a local, national or global level, Gold Award Girl Scouts provide innovative solutions to significant challenges.
“Many people helped guide me with my project including my family, my Girl Scout leaders and council members, my Gold Award mentor, my town’s director of parks and recreation and my fitness center’s director,” said the daughter of Laura and Timothy Ewing.
A Girl Scout for 14 years, she completed her Gold Award as part of Girl Scout Troop 20559 based in Agawam.
“I enjoyed the many activities that we did, which included touring and spending the night at the science museum in Boston, an introduction to archery and fencing and many volunteer projects in service to our local communities,” Ewing said. “I cherish the friendships that I made, and value the confidence that I gained in Girl Scouts. My leaders and mentors have been incredible role models who truly live by the Girl Scout Promise.”
That promise is to try to serve God and country, to help people at all times and to live by the Girl Scout Law.
Now a student at College of Central Florida in Ocala, Ewing is majoring in health science with her eye on a career in the medical field.
“I am proud to have been a part of Troop 20559 and to have grown up in such a great community like Agawam. It was my honor to be able to give back in a small way to my community through my Gold Award project,” she said.
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