Girl Scouts recognized for earning highest Girl Scout award.

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Forty girls from central and southern Missouri, southeast Kansas, and northeast Oklahoma have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting. To earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, each girl must complete extensive leadership requirements, including thirty hours in a leadership role and forty hours of career exploration. Girls must also complete at least sixty-five hours of research, preparation, service, and evaluation for a project that serves a need in their community, locally or globally.

“Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland is thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of these young women,” said Chief Executive Officer Jennifer M. Orban, “Their dedication and leadership are a testament to the power of what girls can do.” Girls this year took action in a wide variety of ways. Their projects ranged from restoring local parks to developing sensory trails to delivering school supplies for children in Honduras.

Fewer than 5 percent of all Girl Scouts nationwide earn the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award annually. Forty high school Girl Scouts in Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland, which has a membership of approximately 16,000 girls, earned the award this year.

About the Girl Scout Gold Award

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award that a Girl Scout 14-18 may earn, often described as “what you really want to be remembered for” in Girl Scouting. For many, the leadership skills, organizational skills, and sense of community and commitment that come from “going for the Gold” set the foundation for a lifetime of active citizenship.

For more information, see the official press release.


4 thoughts on “Girl Scouts recognized for earning highest Girl Scout award.

  1. The career search is no longer a requirement. Just for your info.

  2. Margaret, thank you for commenting.
    It is true that as of September 30th this year, all Gold Award recipients are under new requirements which no longer has the “career search” component. However, these girls receiving the award this year, most of them were approved using the old requirements which did have that component involved.
    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
    Thanks again for your interest and involvement!

  3. Being a Brownie and Girl Scout changed my life. Not only did I learn a number of skills and earn a vestful of colorful badges, I also wrote a play for a Girl Scout production, never knowing it would lead to a career as a writer. I grew up, went to college and studied child development, married my sweetheart and had two kids, and became a Troop Leader for my own children. When the kids went off to school each day, I went to the computer and began to write stories.

    Today I’ve had over 50 books published, for children and adults, but I’m most proud of my Troop 13 mysteries. After growing up reading Nancy Drew, I returned to my days as a scout, and created four strong female characters who solve mysteries using their scouting skills.

    When my first book, MYSTERY OF THE HAUNTED CAVES, won both and Agatha and an Anthony award-winning for Best Juvenile Mystery, it was a dream come true! I recently complete the second book in the series, MYSTERY OF THE MISSING MUSTANGS, and am currently working on MYSTERY OF THE DISAPPEARING DOLPHINS. What fun it’s been to gather with my fictional friends and have adventures while solving mysteries!

    I hope you enjoy reading the Troop 13 series as much as I enjoyed writing them. I’ve made them available online (Amazon and Smashwords) at a special discount price so scouts all over the world can enjoy them. I hope you’re visit my website and email me at I’d love to hear about your adventures and mysteries….maybe for my next Troop 13 book!

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