By Lisa Kaminski; Manager,Community Development
The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest award in Girl Scouting. It can be earned by girls in 9th-12th grades. Earning the Gold award challenges girls to change their world by helping to solve a community problem.
The steps involved in working toward earning the Gold Award include identifying and investigating an issue a girl cares about, building a support team to help and creating a plan of action, presenting the plan and taking action on it, and finally educating others on the project and its outcomes.
There are three areas that Gold Award recipients report benefits in.
1. Higher education and career – Girls who earn the Gold Award can distinguish themselves in the college application process, obtain college scholarships for their achievement, and enter the military at a higher rank.
2. Life skills – Gold awardees are seen as role models and leaders, they learn to master time management skills, and help to make the world a better place.
3. Community – working on the Gold Award allows girls to tackle a community issue, and establish a network of support to create a sustainable solution
For more information on the Gold award visit the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways website at www.gsnypenn.org or the GSUSA website at http://www.girlscouts.org/program/highest_awards/gold_award.asp