In order to be eligible for a Gold Award, a Girl Scout must have completed two Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador Journeys or have already received the Silver Award and completed one additional Journey. The Gold Award also requires the completion of 80-hours or more of an individual leadership Take Action project that makes a sustainable and measurable impact on an important issue, or need in the community, and that serves to educate and inspire others in the community.
“We are so proud of all the Gold Award recipients. Earning the Gold Award is a huge accomplishment and takes a great amount of dedication,” said Donna Ceravolo Executive Director and CEO of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County. “Fewer than 5 percent of all Girl Scouts throughout the nation obtain this award.”
This award recognizes the Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts for their leadership skills and excellence.
Elmont GS Awarded Highest Honor
Girl Scouts of Nassau County recently recognized Tashila Peter, a senior at St. Francis Preparatory School, for earning the Gold Award, the highest and most prestigious award within the Girl Scouts Organization.
It must be completed before or during the Scout’s senior year in high school. To the majority of the girls winning the Gold Award, it is the peak of recognition and achievement.
Tashila’s Girl Scout Gold Award Take Action Project, “Wireless Weekdays,” addressed the lack of socialization between school-age children. Peter created and maintained an environment that allowed children to socialize with one another through an after school program that prohibited the use of mobile devices. While the children greatly benefitted from the stronger relationships they developed, Peter also learned that she can successfully lead a group toward a certain goal.
A lifelong value comes with having earned a Gold Award. Recipients of the Gold Award who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank for their achievements. Most universities and colleges offer scholarships or other recognition to Gold Award recipients and yearly. Notable Gold Award recipients include Jan Hopkins, CNN financial news anchor, and Betsy Boze, Senior Fellow at American Association of State Colleges and Universities and President at Kent State University Stark.