Girl Scouts Celebrates 2019 Recipients of the Prestigious Gold Award
Baltimore—On March 17th, 59 local Girl Scouts will be recognized for earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting, at Martin’s East from 2-4 pm. Dr. Ann Estes Hearn, Assistant Professor, Towson University, will deliver the keynote address. State legislators will be in attendance to meet and congratulate the new Girl Scout Gold Award recipients. In addition, the girls will receive acknowledgements from Governor Hogan, both Maryland US Senators, the FBI, the US Mint, the Jimmy Carter Foundation and the Baltimore Ravens. Click here for a full list or recipients and descriptions of their projects.
Whether they championed the accomplishments of women; introduced girls to STEM through a program they created at their school; encouraged conservation by building a school rain garden or a playhouse with water bottles; collected musical instruments for underserved student musicians; increased awareness of women’s health issues and pediatric hypertension; or, worked to eradicate prejudice, these G.I.R.L.’s (Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers and Leaders) demonstrate the power of girls and the impact that girls continue to have on society and our country. Nationally, about 1 million girls have earned Girl Scouts’ highest award. Since 1980, when GSCM began hosting the Gold Award banquet, more than 1,600 Girl Scouts have received this coveted award; this amounts to nearly 136,000 hours of service to Baltimore area communities.
Each Gold Award Girl Scout spent a minimum of 80 hours creating meaningful, sustainable change through significant take action projects in response to a community need. Girls followed a rigorous seven-step process that takes from one to two years to complete and involves identifying the root cause of an issue, research, building a team, creating an actionable plan, presenting the plan for feedback and leading a team to implement the plan.
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Girl Scouts of Central Maryland provides leadership development programs and activities to more than 20,000 girls in Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties. For more information about Girl Scouts of Central Maryland visit gscm.org; follow us on Facebook and Twitter.