This weekend we celebrated the amazing accomplishments of 48 Girl Scouts who have earned the highest award in Girl Scouting, the Gold Award, at our annual Honors Ceremony. Their Take Action projects addressed everything from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs to domestic violence awareness and prevention, community gardens and food pantries. However, they all had one common theme – make their community a better place.
The Honors Ceremony opened with an expo of the projects completed by the Gold Award recipients. Younger Girl Scouts beamed as they went table to table talking to our inspiring women about their projects and completing a Gold Award Bingo card in order to earn a patch!
Girl Scout Troop 4306 from Topeka, Kansas kicked off the Honors Ceremony with a traditional flag ceremony and Girl Scout Brownie Cordelia McNabney from Troop 1746 rocked the house with her performance of the National Anthem.
This year Joyce Termini awarded the 20th scholarship in memory of her late Girl Scout daughter, Beth Winters, to Gold Award Recipient Lindi Oyler for her community efforts, school involvement and performance and her work in earning her Gold Award. Former scholarship recipient Lindsay Albracht presented Lindi with the award.
Each Gold Award recipient in attendance was awarded the official Gold Award Pin during the ceremony by a troop leader, family or an important role model in their life. Hearing the stories and seeing the admiration exchanged from honorees to families was remarkable.
Our 2014 National Young Woman of Distinction and 2013 Gold Award Recipient, Paige Young empowered our awardees to go through the next stage of their life with 10 fundamental thoughts in mind, including taking risks and making time for themselves. Honestly, they were 10 fundamental thoughts we ALL should keep in mind.
Thank you to all who made this wonderful event a success! Our Gold Award Advisory Board, you were there with the girls each step of the way through this intense process. Gold Award family and friends, these girls couldn’t have done it without your support. To our troop leaders, thank you for guiding and encouraging girls to pursue the highest award.
It really is ALL about that GOLD!
Well, don’t just take our word for it, read about each of our Gold Award Recipients and their projects and learn about their amazing accomplishments for yourself!
2016 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Gold Award – attend a Gold Award workshop and make plans to earn the highest award in Girl Scouting during this anniversary year!