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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”!


Tips for Going Gold: Working with the Girl Scout Gold Award Committee

February 1, 2016


By Eileen Miller, Program Director

When a girl decides to #GoGold and earn her Girl Scout Gold Award, you can see the spark of change ignite within her. She’s ready to make an impact, big and small, and is dedicated to creating a sustainable project within her community. Since council unification in 2007, Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines has presented this prestigious award to nearly 500 girls who have pursued their passions for community service and a commitment to making the world a better place. These Girl Scouts are beyond impressive and we are so proud of all they have accomplished.

If your girl is considering earning her Girl Scout Gold Award, we know the process can seem overwhelming and a little scary. But here’s the good news! With a team of caring and supportive adults cheering her on, the award process doesn’t have to be daunting. In addition to a girl’s family and troop support, our council has a volunteer-driven Girl Scout Gold Award Committee which serves as a resource for girls.

The committee plays an integral role in reviewing, corresponding and supporting girls throughout the proposal and final report process. It is comprised of 12 dedicated volunteers who give their time willingly to help girls be successful, accomplish their goals, and carry out the mission of Girl Scouting.

Listen to what two committee members have to say about their experience:

“I enjoy serving on the Gold Award Committee because it gives me the opportunity to see all the wonderful things our young ladies are doing to serve their fellow man. We hear so many negative things about teenagers and the committee gives me the opportunity to see the positive ways these young ladies are impacting their community. Because of their perseverance they are able to accomplish their goals and bring about positive change.” – Emily Hayne

“As a member of our Council’s Gold Award Committee, I have been very privileged to see how the Girl Scout Gold Award has made a positive impact on the lives of many of our Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors. Just as our mission statement says the Gold Award process builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place on a daily and ongoing basis.” – Lori Winkelstein

So, how does the committee support a #GoGold Girl?

  • Each girl is assigned a committee member as her liaison to help guide her through the process and to be a resource as questions arise.
  • Requested edits and changes throughout the development of a proposal and a final report are normal and serve to strengthen a submission.
  • A proposal and final report are reviewed to provide constructive input and allow for the greatest success.
  • Feedback by a committee liaison is provided to propel a girl toward success.

Interested in learning more? Visit the Council’s website for upcoming award workshops. For questions or more information visit the Girl Scout Gold Award page or send an email to

Did you know 2016 is the 100th birthday of the Girl Scout Gold Award? We’ll be celebrating all year.


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