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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.



Happy Birthday to the Girl Scout Gold Award!

January 11, 2016


Girl Scout Gold Award

By Eileen Miller, Program Director

This year marks the 100th anniverary of the Girl Scout Gold Award which is the highest achievement a Girl Scout can earn.  While it has gone through numerous changes over the years (Golden Eaglet of Merit, Golden Eaglet, First Class, Curved Bar, Gold Bar and Gold Award), the meaning of this national award has always remained consistent. A young woman who has earned her Girl Scout Gold Award has demonstrated leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart. A recipient has used her creativity and ingenuity, donating 80 hours or more, to make her community a better place.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines award recipients have shared some personal reflections about the meaning the award has brought to their lives.

SadhanaA“In the lives of busy high school students, there are few activities that can inspirit outreach as Girl Scouts can. Through my Girl Scout Gold Award I merged my passion for innovative science with a purpose to excite kids, especially girls, towards the unimaginable possibilities in STEM. My Girl Scout Gold Award allowed me to learn from, teach, and most importantly, inspire youth through my maturation. The sense of fulfillment I received from being able to design and perform my project was a feeling that I wanted to have life-long which led me to choose a career path towards social impact with science.” – Sadhana

AddyP“Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award has been an incredible achievement! I met a lot of interesting people and I hope I inspired younger girls to “Go for the Gold”! Girl Scouts has set the bar high for the award requirements. It was hard work! But I am so glad that I did it, even though it was challenging to balance school work while researching my project.  Over all it was an amazing experience! Congratulations Girl Scout Gold Award on your 100th anniversary.”– Addy

RachelH“As a Girl Scout for the past twelve years, I wanted to complete my Girl Scout Gold Award because I feel that it is my duty to give back to the community. It was an opportunity to turn my passion into action, new connections, and to experience the joy of being an educator. To me, the Gold Award is especially significant because it epitomizes the skills of leadership, diplomacy, and commitment to doing the right thing that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.” – Rachel

BrittnayB“Earning my Girl Scout Gold Award was meaningful because music has always been my passion along with helping people. My project allowed me to put these two things together and the outcome I created was a great accomplishment.”– Brittnay

Interested in making a difference in your local community? To learn more, register to attend a Girl Scout Gold Award workshop. Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines looks forward to celebrating and recognizing your future achievements.

Happy Birthday Girl Scout Gold Award!


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