Gold Award: Jared Boxes

Congrats to local Girl Scout Jessica Zajac from Troop 40436 on earning her Gold Award!

Jessica partnered with the Jared Box Project in order to expand the program across the country through Girl Scouts. Jessica created a video explaining how to make a Jared Box along with lesson plans to incorporate the Jared Box project into badge programs for each Girl Scout level.

In addition to creating Girl Scout badge lesson plans that will help younger Girl Scouts get involved in the Jared Box program, Jessica established the Jared Box program in a new hospital in York. This hospital is now accepting Jared Box donations and is now able to hand out boxes to children in order to ease their hospital stay. Finally, Jessica created nearly 30 Jared Boxes to be donated to hospitals across the country.

Continue reading to learn more about the lesson plans she created, her plans for after high school, and a letter to younger Girl Scouts.

For Girls Scouts unable to work Jared Boxes into a badge program, there is a Jared Box Project fun patch available for purchase on

To find more about the Jared Box Project, visit

About Jessica 

Jessica joined Girl Scouts as a kindergarten Daisy. As a Junior Girl Scout, she earned her Bronze Award by hosting a dance for other Girl Scouts to benefit the Women’s Resource Center. As a Cadette, she earned her Silver Award by hosting a movie morning at a local movie theater to benefit Toys for Tots.

Jessica will graduate from State College Area High School this year, and then plans to head off to college in the fall to earn her Bachelors of Accounting. She plans to complete an accelerated 5th year program in order to earn her Masters of Accounting and afterwards sit for the CPA exam.

My favorite thing to do as a Girl Scout was to sell cookies. I loved selling with my friends and making memories each time, regardless of if we were standing out in the cold. In 2012, I was the top cookie seller in Service Unit 416. My troop always sold a lot of cookies each year in order to go on fun trips each summer. We went to places like the Pittsburgh Zoo, New York City, Camelback Waterpark, and many others with the funds from cookie selling. Earning money by selling cookies sparked my interest in the business field, which I will be pursuing more in college. 

Jessica Zajac

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