Lauren Biancamano, an Eagan High School junior, will receive her Girl Scout Gold Award at the Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys ceremony June 11 at O’Shaughnessy Auditorium in St. Paul.
The Gold Award is the highest award in Girl Scouting and involves completing an independent project to address a community need and provides a sustainable solution for the problem well into the future.
About 18 months ago, Lauren worked with other girls from her Troop 50790 to build an exercise room for Dakota Woodlands, which provides residential care for single homeless women and homeless women with children in Eagan. The troop collected exercise equipment to be utilized in the room and transformed an old office into a dedicated workout room within the building. Although a workout room was a strong need for the women who reside at the facility, similar to other people, getting started was tough. Many of the residents had not regularly worked out, and were not sure how to get started and the room often sat idle.
When Lauren heard this, she wanted to create a program that would allow residents at Dakota Woodland to easily begin their workout routine. Since she knew that some people like to work out independently and some would rather be part of a class, she enlisted the help of a local yoga instructor Tamara Robinson, who would come in on a weekly basis to teach classes; and also partnered with Eagan YMCA personal trainer Mary Brehl to develop a circuit training system that covered a variety of interest and skill levels. The results have been tremendous, with many residents taking part in the program on a regular basis and indicating that it has helped relieve stress during a difficult time in their lives.