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