Girl Scouts of Connecticut Honors 57 Exemplary Girls with the Gold Award
June 5, 2012
This year, 57 young women from around the state earned their Girl Scout Gold Award. The Gold Award is the highest achievement a girl can earn in Girl Scouting, meeting national standards set by Girl Scouts of the USA. The award represents an individual’s accomplishments, leadership, commitment, creativity and personal effort contributed to making their community a better place to live.
Many of the awardees attended a special ceremony on June 3 at Saint Joseph College to receive their certificates from Girl Scouts of Connecticut and Girl Scouts of the USA, as well as a congratulatory letter from Girl Scouts of Connecticut CEO, Jennifer Smith Turner. The Gold Scouts will also receive certificates or letters from Governor Dannel P. Malloy, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, the Connecticut Marine Corps League Auxiliary, and Alpha Phi Omega, a national co-ed fraternity.
In order to earn the Gold Award, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts between the grades of 9-12 spend at least 80 hours researching issues, assessing community needs and resources, building a team, and making a sustainable impact in their community. A Gold Award recipient’s accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart as a community leader. Some of this year’s projects include writing a book about healthy dental habits, developing healthy living programs for younger children, assisting cancer patients by organizing a group to sew hats for them, and developing self-esteem programs for local campers.
“Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award is a major accomplishment in a girl’s life,” said Jennfier Smith Turner, CEO, Girl Scouts of Connecticut. “Going through the process of earning a Gold award helps girls develop their leadership skills today for a brighter future tomorrow. The achievement of the Gold Award makes a girl understand what a difference one person can make, what one girl in a leadership role can do, and how one person’s vision can inspire positive change. We are very proud of all our Gold Awardees and know that we will see big things from them in the future.”
A Girl Scout must be at least in ninth grade and have successfully completed specific requirements before she may begin working on her Gold Award Project. These requirements help girls discover their personal strengths, connect with others, and include as a part of a team, identifying a community issue and taking action to help resolve the issue.