Friday, September 18, 2015

ATTENTION: Calling Every Extraordinary Girl Scout Gold Award Recipient!

Are you a recipient of the Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting (previously known as the Golden Eagle of Merit, Golden Eaglet, Curved Bar, and First Class)? Awesome! Today, we invite you to be a part of something BIG—the upcoming Girl Scout Gold Award Alliance Directory Centennial Edition!

This historic publication celebrates the thousands of inspiring Girl Scout

alumnae who, over the last 100 years, have used their extraordinary courage, vision, and kindness to rally communities and take action to make the world a better place. History. Impact. Inspiration. It’s all in there and more! Here’s your chance to take action one more time. Join us in celebrating Girl Scouting’s highest honor.

Share your Gold Award story  

Help inspire future generations of girls to carry on the Girl Scout tradition of thinking big and creating amazing change in the community and the world.  
To submit your story for inclusion in the directory, simply call our publication partner, Harris Connect, toll free at 1-866-770-3079 (Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET). It’s going to be EPIC.

Get inspired with snippets of some of last year’s coolest stories!

 “My Gold Award project consisted of creating over one hundred bags full of books, first-aid kits, stickers, and other items for children who were waiting in the Emergency Department at my local hospital. These children were either patients or siblings/friends of patients who were asked to wait for hours at a time. Providing these items, even those as simple as stickers, gave these children a sense of comfort that, in a hospital setting, is sometimes difficult to achieve. Being able to make their hospital visit that much better made all the difference in the world to me. There is nothing more inspiring then seeing a young child smile in a difficult circumstance.”

“My senior year of high school I completed my Girl Scout Gold Award project, using the pillars of the Girl Scout mission to help me. For my project, I taught developmentally disabled children in my community how to play soccer, bringing the entire experience to them, complete with uniforms and soccer gear. I was inspired by my love and passion for soccer but also for helping and teaching, and I thought everyone should have a chance to play a sport regardless of their disabilities. I held two weekends of soccer clinics taught by myself and my closest soccer cohorts. Whether these children were unable to speak or had limited motor skills, we helped them learn how to play. My personal benefit from this award was the smiles on the children's faces as they were given the opportunity to play a sport that had not previously been offered to them in our community. This project gave me the courage to execute my ideas and the confidence in my abilities to lead others in the right direction.

“For my Gold Award project, I chose to conduct a Women's Self-Defense Seminar. I had received my Black Belt in Taekwondo in December 2006, and I wanted my project to reflect something I was passionate about. I felt this project was a perfect example of building girls AND women of courage, confidence, and character. The seminar provided the participants not only with useful information and a visit from the LAPD, but also practical skills they could use in real-life situations.  It is very important to me that women don’t find themselves becoming victims. I also requested that the participants donate personal care items that I dropped off at my local shelter for victims of domestic violence.