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Early-childhood education is a top priority for Oakville Girl Scout


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St. Louis, MO – October 2, 2018 ─ Brooke Frost, class of 2019 at Oakville High School in Oakville, Mo., recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. By earning the award, Frost exemplifies a leader who has transformed an idea for change into an actionable plan with a sustainable impact. Frost was among 53 Gold Award Girl Scouts recognized during a ceremony at Lindenwood University in St. Charles this summer.

Ninety percent of a child’s brain develops before age five, making early education fundamental for future learning, according to the Harvard Center for the Developing Child. To earn her Gold Award, Frost created learning activities for children at Lemay Child and Family Center. Focusing on four critical areas ─ pre-literacy, language, mathematics and basic concepts like identifying colors ─ Frost developed six sets of exercises for toddlers through preschool-aged children. This G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) TM also distributed electronic versions of the games, allowing the daycare teachers to reprint and sustain the activities for future students.

The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the culmination of more than 80 hours of work on a project that is important to each girl. Approximately one million Girl Scouts in ninth through 12th grade have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award or its equivalent since 1916.

A young woman who has earned the Gold Award is a community leader. Gold Award Girl Scouts report a more positive sense of self, are more engaged civically and in community service, have more confidence in their leadership abilities, and experience greater life satisfaction and success relative to their non-Gold Award peers. Some of the benefits of becoming a Gold Award Girl Scout are:

  • Immediately rising one rank when enlisting in the US Armed Forces
  • Earning scholarships from colleges and universities
  • Recognition from many government and non-profit organizations

Earning the Gold Award is just one of the amazing things girls can do as part of Girl Scouts. To join Girl Scouts or learn more about volunteering, please visit girlscoutsem.org/join.