Thursday, March 17, 2016

Gold Award Shines on Capitol Hill

It’s a big day for Girl Scouts in Washington! Today, Girl Scouts’ bipartisan Troop Capitol Hill, an honorary troop made up of all of the female members of the United States Congress, formally introduced a resolution calling on the House and Senate to join the Girl Scout movement and Girl Scouts across the country in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scout Gold Award.

Throughout 2016, Girl Scouts all over America are “Celebrating 100 Years of Changing the World,” highlighting girls and women who have received their Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn, and recognizing a century of girls whose “Take Action” projects have created meaningful, sustainable change in their communities.

The resolution was introduced in the Senate by Troop Capitol Hill co-chairs Senators Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Patty Murray (D-WA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and in the House by co-chair Susan Brooks (R-IN) and troop member Rosa DeLauro (D-CT). With today’s resolution, Girl Scouts has formally invited the U.S. government to join the celebration!

As further background, the Gold Award is similar to the Boy Scouts’ Eagle Scout honor. A girl who earns her Gold Award takes part in a powerful and transformative experience, and the honor speaks to her commitment to working tirelessly as she strives to make our world a better place.

We hope you’ll take action and send a message to your senators and representative, urging them to sign on to this resolution that will honor Girl Scouts and 100 years of the Gold Award. You can contact these individuals via the Girl Scout Advocacy Network. If you’re not a member yet, we encourage you to sign up today.

Girl Scouts is honored to have the support of Troop Capitol Hill as we call on members of Congress from all 50 states to celebrate, together with us, a century of the Girl Scout Gold Award and everything it has symbolized for communities nationwide.