On Thursday, July 13, roughly 150 guests including girls, families, and Girl Scout staff gathered to recognize and honor Girl Scouts from across the Council’s 41 county footprint for being awarded the Girl Scout Gold Award – the highest, most prestigious achievement in Girl Scouting.
Since 1916, Girl Scouts’ highest award has stood for excellence and leadership for girls everywhere. The Girl Scout Gold Award is earned by fewer than 6% of Girl Scouts annually. And approximately one million Girl Scouts have earned the Gold Award or its equivalent since its inception. It recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. To earn this award, girls who choose to “go gold” must commit to and complete a project which creates a lasting change in their communities. On average, a Girl Scout spends one to two years on her project. Award recipients must demonstrate significant leadership, planning, and organizational skills that set them apart from their peers. The 71 individual Take Action projects completed this year provided sustainable benefits with local and global impacts.
The Gold Award Celebratory Dinner took place in Raleigh where girls celebrated their accomplishments, heard from their peer Gold Award recipients, and were bestowed the honor of the Girl Scout Gold Award.
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. Over 90% of Girl Scout Gold Award recipients believe they have had experiences in Girl Scouts they could not have had anywhere else. 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.
Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines serves girls across central and eastern North Carolina. Celebrations for the 71 Girl Scout Gold Award recipients will take place in Greenville, Raleigh, and Wilmington.
To learn more, visit www.nccoastalpines.org or call 800-284-4475.