Girl Scouts from Connecticut earn highest award in Girl Scouting
STATEWIDE (CONN.) – This year, 77 Girl Scouts in Connecticut were celebrated for earning the highest award in Girl Scouting—the Girl Scout Gold Award. On Sunday, June 2, Girl Scouts of Connecticut hosted its annual Gold Award Celebration at Cascades in Hamden where girls showcased their projects at an expo and Girl Scouts and their families joined together for a ceremony and dinner reception.
The Girl Scout Gold Award requires Girl Scouts in grades 9-12 to spend at least 80 hours researching issues, assessing community needs and resources, building a team, and making a sustainable impact in the community. A Gold Award Girl Scout’s accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart as a community leader. Nationally, only 6 percent of older Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award.
Projects this year included:
· Hosting a Baskets of Love drive to collect basic supplies for the homeless—which will now become an annual fixture.
· Targeting the problem of pollution on beaches and galvanizing clean-up crews and orchestrating programs to educate communities
· Creating an income-generating activities program in Nakaseke, Uganda to help caregivers earn money to send their children to school.
· Sewing reusable sanitary pads for girls and women in developing countries and creating educational kits to provide those countries with information on the menstrual cycle and personal hygiene.
· Founding their own STEM program to help break down the barriers of gender and background and give more girls in high school the opportunity to participate in STEM activities.
And more—you can read more about our Gold Award Girl Scouts here.
For more information about the Gold Award or how to become a Gold Award volunteer or mentor, visit gsofct.org.