St. Louis, MO – June 11, 2018 – Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri recognized more than 800 young women who recently earned the organization’s highest awards—the Girl Scout Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards—this past Sunday during a ceremony at Lindenwood University.
This year, the organization awarded 53 young women with the Girl Scout Gold Award, 285 with the Girl Scout Silver Award and 471 with the Girl Scout Bronze Award. Fellow G.I.R.L.s (Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, Leaders)TM, families, supporters and community leaders attended the annual ceremony as these extraordinary young women joined the ranks of an elite group of leaders affecting positive changes in the world.
“To earn the Gold Award, the young women honored at our Reflections ceremony have put the leadership skills they have acquired through Girl Scouts into action,” said Jessica Erfling, COO of Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri. “These 53 phenomenal young women collectively have dedicated more than 4,000 service hours to their projects and have made a long-lasting impact on their communities, at home and abroad. The impact of their projects spans from improving the quality of life for children living with a cancer diagnosis in New Delhi, India to integrating a two-week long suicide prevention course for middle school age girls and teaching hands on technology courses for seniors living in retirement communities right here in Missouri.”
The Gold Award is the highest and most prestigious award in Girl Scouting. When a girl earns her Gold Award, she distinguishes herself in the higher education process, she enters the military one service rank higher, and she joins a prestigious group of Gold Award alum that she can connect with throughout the global community on The Girl Scout Network on LinkedIn. Gold Award Girl Scouts are in ninth through 12th grade and have transformed an idea or vision for change into an actionable plan with a measurable, sustainable, and far-reaching impact at the local, national and global levels. Earning the Gold Award represents the culmination of more than 80 hours of work on a project important to each girl.
The Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette, girls in sixth through eighth grade, can earn. A girl or small group of girls working together can complete this award. Each girl devotes a minimum of 50 hours on the project that addresses a community-wide issue. This year’s Silver Award Girl Scouts invested more than 14,000 hours of their personal time to help generate positive changes in their corner of the world.
Several noteworthy Silver Award projects include organizing and leading several composting workshops at the St. Louis County Library; collecting more than 5,000 plastic bags, then cutting them into “plarn” or plastic yarn and crocheting mats for homeless individuals; and empowering those who feel invisible through an anti-bullying campaign at a local middle school.
The Bronze Award is the highest honor in Girl Scouting for girls in fourth or fifth grade. The award is completed by a girl or group of girls or troop with each girl committing a minimum of 20 hours to their agreed upon project.
A few of this year’s Bronze Award projects include ensuring children have full stomachs by providing food for those individuals who don’t have enough at home during the summer; organizing a community-wide American flag retirement ceremony; and helping flowers and plants reproduce by planting a garden designed for bees.
Earning the Gold, Silver or Bronze Award are just some 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.