On Sunday, March 5, 2017, 54 Girl Scouts from across western Ohio received their Gold Award at a special ceremony at the Ponitz Center at Sinclair Community College in Dayton. They join over a century of Girl Scout alums who have positively impacted their communities and the world with their creative, impactful, and sustainable Take Action projects.
For a full list of the 2016 Gold Award recipients and to learn more about the 2017 Gold Award recipients and their projects and view the event program visit gswo.org/goldawardslocal.
"These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers," said Roni Luckenbill, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. "It's truly amazing what these girls are able to accomplish at such a young age. They are our future, and it looks bright!"
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest and most prestigious award that Girl Scouts in grades 9–12 can earn. Girls use their vision for change to complete a service project that reaches beyond the Girl Scout organization and provides lasting benefit to the larger community. To achieve it, girls commit a minimum of 80 hours to a specific project over the time span of one to two years. The project must include community involvement; an innovative approach; project sustainability; and educating and inspiring others.
According to The Power of the Girl Scout Gold Award: Excellence in Leadership and Life, a report by the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI), girls who earn the Gold Award display more positive life outcomes than non-Girl Scout alums with regard to positive sense of self, life satisfaction, leadership, life success, community service, and civic engagement.
It's not only Girl Scouts who understand the value of the Gold Award. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. armed forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.
Earning the Gold Award is just one of the amazing things you can do as a Girl Scout. Join Girl Scouts today or learn more about volunteering at gswo.org/join.