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Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the Girl Scout Gold Award

June 20, 2016


By Eileen Miller, Program Director

Our Council celebrated the anniversary of the Girl Scout Gold Award with a commemorative Centennial Celebration at the North Carolina Executive Mansion on June 1, 2016. The celebration, sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, recognized the achievements of all recipients of this prestigious award, or its equivalent, who have made meaningful and sustainable change in their local communities and beyond, over the last 100 years.

Attended by Girl Scouts from across North Carolina, the event included remarks from two recent Gold Award recipients, Sadhana Anantha and Rachel Hopkins, who spoke passionately about their projects and Girl Scouts.

For her Gold Award project, Anantha, a senior at Enloe High School, created a science lab to educate and engage pre-teens about diverse diagnostic tests used to identify various diseases such as Ebola. Anantha shared, “The stigma of ‘I can’t do this because I am too young’ was a mindset I wanted to dispel. In turn, I wanted to inspire young minds to take action and encourage them to begin to create their own footprint in the world.”

Hopkins, a senior at Durham Academy, produced a short film regarding the rapid extinction of amphibian species. The film featured senior members of the NC Herpetological Society who provided general information about the importance of amphibian species in the ecosystem. Closing her remarks Hopkins shared, “The Gold Award is about exploring who you are and discovering that each and every one of us has enormous potential waiting to be unleashed.”

Awarded to fewer than six percent of Girl Scouts nationally, Girl Scout Gold Awardees spend one to two years on their projects. To earn this award girls must commit to take action and create a lasting change in their communities and demonstrate significant leadership, planning, and organization skills.

Throughout the month of July, the Council will hold our annual Gold Award Celebrations in Greenville, Raleigh and Wilmington to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of the 2015-2016 awardees.


Why A Girl Scout Goes for Gold

February 22, 2016


Girl Scout Gold Award

By Eileen Miller, Program Director

There are countless reasons why Girl Scouts across the nation decide to #GoGold and earn the Girl Scout Gold Award. Perhaps a Girl Scout is inspired by a family member fighting an illness, or she learns members of her community are in need of clothing or academic support.  She may discover she has a passion for the environment and works to develop a program at a local park so that families can enjoy the outdoors together.

Whatever the reason, a Girl Scout makes a difference in her own life and the lives of others when she earns this prestigious award.  And it is truly a privilege to bestow this honor on each Girl Scout Gold Award recipient at Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines.

Here are some other really awesome things a Girl Scout gains when she Goes for Gold:

A Sense of Accomplishment

When a girl implements her Girl Scout Gold Award project, she makes an impact on her community that is measurable and sustainable. This means her efforts will have lasting change. It is an accomplishment that she can take pride in during the process, following completion, and for years to come.

Respect and Appreciation

A Girl Scout Gold Award recipient is recognized through ceremonies held regionally throughout the Council each spring. As an awardee, she wears a pin and displays her certificate proudly inspiring peers, community members, and fellow Girl Scouts. As a leader, she is recognized by Girl Scouts of the USA along with numerous national organizations and government entities. And it does not stop there! Locally, Girl Scout Gold Award recipients are recognized by media outlets who share each girl’s achievements and extraordinary accomplishments broadly.

A Competitive Edge

Many colleges and universities recognize the difference a Girl Scout Gold Award recipients has made in her community and the leadership it takes to complete a project. Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award can be the tipping point that provides a Girl Scout entrance to her choice school.

Scholarship Opportunities

In addition, there are numerous scholarships available to recipients. Within our own council these include the Jane S. Barringer Award, and the Misty Crabtree Eastham and the Alcoa Chuck McLane Scholarships. And many of the scholarships are not just for current awardees! If you are a Girl Scout Award recipient, don’t delay. Visit the Council’s website today, as scholarship deadlines are quickly approaching.

Ready to start? Learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award by visiting the Council website or emailing  Upcoming award workshop are listed on our events page.


2016 is the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scout Gold Award. It’s a great year to “Go for Gold”!

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