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Girl Scouts of Connecticut Honors 70 Exemplary Girls with the Gold Award

June 6, 2013

This year, 70 young women from around the state earned their Girl Scout Gold Award, an unprecedented number and the most awardees in Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s history.  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 extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects, as well as her commitment, creativity, and personal effort in making her community a better place.

Many of the Gold Award recipients attended a special ceremony on June 2 at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford 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, Mary Barneby. The Gold Award recipients will also receive certificates or letters from Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, United States Senator Chris Murphy, the Connecticut General Assembly, 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 the 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:

•    Organizing workshops and recruiting volunteers to sew pillows for cancer patients;
•    Creating a special needs dance club to teach dance steps to students with special needs;
•    Recruiting fellow students and community members to volunteer at a local soup kitchen while collecting donations;
•    Leading classes in blanket making, donating 70 blankets to premature babies at a local hospital.

“These 70 girls who have earned their Girl Scout Gold Award have learned leadership skills for the future,” said Mary Barneby, CEO, Girl Scouts of Connecticut. “Our exemplary Gold Award recipients have made an incredible impact in their communities with their hard work and perseverance to achieve great things. The achievement of the Gold Award helps a girl understand the difference one person can make, what one girl in a leadership role can do, and how one person’s vision can inspire positive change around them. We are incredibly proud of all our Gold Award recipients 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 as part of a team to identify an issue, and take action to resolve the issue, making the world a better place. Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to Go Gold, an act that indelibly marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world.

For more information about the Gold Award or how to become a Gold Award volunteer or mentor, click here.

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