Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont (GSCP2P) is proud to announce it had 102 girls from across 40 counties receive the honor of Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting, during the 2016-2017 troop year.
The Girl Scout Gold Award, which started in 1916 as the Golden Eaglet, has always been about girls improving the community around them, sharing their ideas and passions to leave a lasting mark to make the world a better place. Today, girls who earn the Girl Scout Gold Award show their true commitment, leadership ability, time management, dedication and initiative by completing a minimum of 80 hours toward a service project in their community that is sustainable for years to come.
This year, the 102 Gold Award recipients collectively contributed a minimum of 8,160 hours, which the council credits with a monetary value of $187,598.40 based on the 2016 Independent Sector’s estimated value of volunteer time at $22.99 per hour for North Carolina.
“In Girl Scouts, service to others has always been a core focus. These girls saw a need in their community and took action to make a difference. Their ambition, dedication and follow-through on these projects will make a lasting impact on a personal, community, state and in some cases national and international level,” said Lane Cook, CEO of GSCP2P.
The various Gold Award projects benefit all ages, as well as a variety of populations including churches, schools and local organizations and companies. Projects from this year include one girl who wrote a how-to book on navigating middle school; one girl who constructed a community garden that was handicap-accessible; one girl who worked to raise awareness and provide screenings for Type 1 diabetes in Guatemala; and one girl partnered with the Red Cross to collect items for children who have lost their homes in natural disasters.
Along with the prestige of earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, it also sets girls apart in the college admissions process, helps them earn college scholarships and even promotes them in ranking when entering the military. The life skills and vision girls receive when earning the Girl Scout Gold Award stay with them for a lifetime.