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Gold Award Girl Scout organizes life-saving lessons


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St. Louis, MO – September 11, 2018 ─ Danielle Stallings, a 2017 graduate of Rockwood Summit High School in Fenton, Mo., recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. By earning the award, Stallings exemplifies a leader who has transformed an idea for change into an actionable plan with a sustainable impact. Stallings was among 53 Gold Award Girl Scouts recognized during a ceremony at Lindenwood University in St. Charles this summer.

Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 1-14, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But research has shown that participating in formal swim lessons can reduce this risk. For her Gold Award project, Stallings wanted to provide others with more opportunities to learn this life-saving skill, so she initiated a swim lesson program for children with different abilities. She organized a team of certified swim instructors, developed swim lesson plans tailored to each student and scheduled one-on-one lessons between the students and instructors. This G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) TM ensured that no child in the Fenton community, regardless of their abilities, has been left behind when it comes to being a capable swimmer.

The Gold Award represents the culmination of more than 80 hours of work on a project that is important to each girl. Approximately one million high-school aged Girl Scouts 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 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 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.