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.
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