2011 Gold Award Recipient—Samantha Weller

Posted: Apr 15, 2011

Samantha Weller learned at an early age how important horses can be in helping people.  Her brother, who has special needs, used horses to help him with coordination and confidence. Weller is also a Girl Scout and will be awarded the Girl Scout Gold Award for her community service at Horses Help, a therapeutic riding agency that helps handicapped people by using horses as therapy.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award that a Girl Scout age 14-18 may earn. The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into "going for the Gold." The project is something that fulfills a need within a girl's community (whether local or global), creates change, and hopefully, is something that becomes ongoing.

For her Gold Award project, Weller designed and built a covered tie station for the clients and horses at Horses Help.  The covered tie down area and covered wash station allows wheelchair and walker clients to safely take care of their horses, and the horses like the shade too. 

“I chose this project because I believe in what they do,” she said.  “I wanted to help make something that would also help animals.”

Weller has been a Girl Scout for 10 years.  She wanted to join in kindergarten but there were no troop openings at her school.  After years of prodding, her mom went to a meeting and became a Girl Scout Leader and created a troop among girls from three different schools.  “We never saw each other at school since we all went to different schools,” said Weller.  “So it made the meetings and outings really fun.” 

Weller has also received the Girl Scouts Bronze and Silver Awards, as well as the Leadership Pin.  “My best experience was participating in World Thinking Day every year,” she said.  “We were always the oldest troop and we had so much fun learning about different countries, preparing the food, dressing up, and sharing with the younger girls.”

Weller lives in Glendale with her family, where she attends Glendale Community College.  She received a 4.0 in her first semester and was recently awarded membership in Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. 

When not in school or volunteering, she likes to play the flute.  Her high school band performed widely including the Rose Bowl Parade, the Fiesta Bowl Parade and Competition, and President Obama’s Inauguration.  After high school Weller joined a community band that will play summer concerts in Glendale.

Weller’s motto is, “If I always do my best, I can be proud of anything I accomplish,” and her parents are her inspiration.  “They are epic!” she said. “They have helped me become who I am.”

Weller will be awarded the Girl Scout Gold Award March 26, 2011 at the Heard Museum.