Building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place

By: Kim Dunne, Media Manager

gold awardWhen Girl Scout Shannon Bartlett’s cousin, PFC Jack Sweet, was killed in Iraq on February 8, 2008, she knew she wanted to do something special that would honor all of those that gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

The Alexandria Bay American Legion Post 904 supported Bartlett’s family and helped her community honor and grieve one of its own. So when Bartlett started her Girl Scout Gold Award project in September 2011 she knew exactly what she wanted to do. And that is why on May 11 at 11 a.m. she will be unveiling a bronze fallen soldier monument at the Alexandria Bay American Legion. The monument will honor all of those that have died defending their country.

“The community has been so generous and helpful with helping me complete this project that we can all feel extremely proud when we drive by and see this monument,” Bartlett said.

The prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. In order to earn the award, girls must complete Senior or Ambassador Journeys and demonstrate their leadership abilities by spending at least 80 hours working on a Gold Award Take Action project that creates a sustainable impact on her extended community.

Are you holding events related to earning the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, or Gold Awards? We want to know about them! E-mail kdunne@gsnypenn.org.

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