The Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn and is often compared to the Boy Scouts Eagle Scout Award. The Gold Award is earned by a senior or ambassador Girl Scout in high school and requires at least 80 hours of service.
This project is completed individually and must be approved by the Girl Scout Gold Committee at council. The project must be sustainable and benefit the community. Four Gold Award recipients were honored on Sunday.
Meet Gold Award recipients
Sarah Deffenbaugh's project was to work against bullying and promote inclusion by giving presentation at two schools and building buddy benches for both schools.Kids at St. Matthew's school in Glendale Heights and St. Andrew the Apostle in Romeoville benefited from her project.
Lauren Glynn hosted a book drive and built book shelves for Daybreak Homeless Shelter. She set up and furnished a play area at the shelter and met with staff to discuss the project and upkeep of the Kid's Corner.
Sydney Scepkowski's project was designed to educate tweens and teens about skin sun safety. She designed a graphic novel and fun unique rack cards that she distributed to local pools and rec centers as well as presentingher project to various seventh and eighth grade youth groups.
Finally, DaKoTa Haynes created a project called Healthy C.H.E.F (Choices,its, Eating and Fitness) to educate kids to learn to live healthy in a fun way with the hope that that they would live healthy always.
She wrote and published a workbook, created a website and made activity backpacks to distribute at the girl scout councils and local youth centers. DaKoTa also held workshops for younger girl scouts and kids in the community.
Gold Award recipients (above) are DaKoTa Haynes, Lauren Glynn, Sarah Deffenbaugh and Sydney Scepkowski. The Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn.