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Girl Scouts of Connecticut Awards the Gold to Exemplary Girls

June 24, 2011

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest achievement a girl can earn in Girl Scouting. An award with national standards, it represents an individual’s accomplishments, leadership, commitment, creativity and personal effort contributed to making their community a better place to live. This year, 45 young women from around the state earned their Gold Award. Many of them attended a special ceremony on June 5 at Saint Joseph College to receive their certificates as well as congratulatory letters from Girl Scouts of Connecticut CEO, Jennifer Smith Turner and Girl Scouts of the USA. The Gold Scouts will also receive letters from Governor Malloy and President Barak Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

In order to earn the Gold Award, Senior and Ambassador level Girl Scouts between the ages of 14-17 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 developing a “Go Green” program for kids, creating reading, writing, and science enrichment program elementary students, starting a tennis program for kids with special needs, raising awareness of Alzheimer’s disease within a community, organizing a community service fair for high school students, organizing a craft program for senior citizens, increasing awareness on the issue of reckless teen driving, and bringing hope and courage to children in Kenya by sending them hand-made dolls and health items.

“Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award is a major accomplishment in a girl’s life,” said Linda Kalish, Program Director, 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.”

A Girl Scout must be at least 14 years of age and have successfully completed specific requirements before she may begin working on her Gold Award Project. These requirements include taking the preliminary steps that cover skill building in four areas of leadership, career building, personal development and awareness of community needs.

Through Girl Scouting, girls can discover their personal best and prepare for a positive future, connect with others in an increasingly diverse world, and take action to make the world a better place. This foundation empowers and encourages girls to take action by identifying issues and problems that they care about, and advocating for themselves and others. Girl Scouting guides girls into becoming responsible, productive adults who make a difference in the lives of their families, schools, and communities.

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