Approximately one million Girl Scouts have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award or its equivalent since 1916, and this year, 72 young women from Girl Scouts—North Carolina Coastal Pines (GSNCCP) joined them in receiving this special award. These women were honored at the Girl Scout Gold Award Celebration in Raleigh on Monday, June 4th, 2018 at the Marriot Raleigh Crabtree Valley. 32 Gold Award Girl Scouts were in attendance along with their families and project advisors, GSNCCP staff, Gold Award Committee Members, and other community members.
It recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. For their Gold Award projects, the Girl Scouts contributed at least 80 hours of work which included identifying an issue, creating a plan to help address that issue, and taking action to complete that plan, educating and inspiring in the process. Award recipients must demonstrate significant leadership, planning, and organizational skills that set them apart from their peers. The 72 individual Take Action projects completed this year provided sustainable benefits with local and global impacts.
The Gold Award Celebration provided an opportunity to hear about the girls’ projects and outcomes as each girl shared her reason for choosing this project, the challenges she had to overcome, and how her project will be sustained in the future. These outstanding young women provide an excellent example of how Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.
99% of Gold Award Girl Scouts say that the Gold Award positively impacted their life, and According to the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI), Gold Award recipients are more ambitious and place a greater emphasis on a successful career, being a leader, and having financial security. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients. Girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.
To learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award or to Take Action as a Girl Scout, please visit nccoastalpines.org