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Girl Scouts of Connecticut Celebrates 48 Accomplished Young Women

June 9, 2008

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June 3, 2008- Girl Scouts of Connecticut hosted its first Gold Award Reception for the organization on Sunday, June 1 at The Hartford Financial Services Group in Hartford.  The keynote speaker was Gina McCarthy, Commissioner of the Department of Environment Protection.

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, 48 young women will receive their Gold Award from around the state.

McCarthy spoke about believing in yourself through good times and bad and always striving to be the best you can be. She summed it up by quoting famous female anthropologist Margaret Mead.

"Never doubt that a thoughtful committed individual can change the world," McCarthy said. "Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

Girls spend a minimum of 65 hours planning and implementing their pre-approved Girl Scout Gold Award Projects, which are expected to have a positive and lasting impact on the community. Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award is a major accomplishment in a girl's life and powerful example of how Girl Scouting helps girls develop the courage, confidence, and character girls need to be successful leaders today and in the future.

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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