St. Louis, MO – August 26, 2016 – Two local Girl Scouts were among 42 young women in eastern Missouri to earn their Girl Scout Gold Award this year, the 100 th anniversary of the highest award in Girl Scouting. Savannah Bridges and Abi Lexa, both 2016 graduates of Wright City High School, earned their Gold Award through projects dedicated to improving the community.
For her Gold Award project, Lexa wanted to offer people in her small, rural hometown a place to come together. After securing donations from Lowe’s, she built a bonfire pit on the property of SunRise United Methodist Church, where teens, adults and families could celebrate after the Wright City High School football games. Last season, Lexa left each game during halftime to go start the fire, so community members would have a safe environment to socialize at, after the end of the fourth quarter.
“Completing this project showed me I can do anything I put my mind to,” Lexa said. “I also learned how to communicate with adults. I worked with people at city hall, the police department and the fire department to complete the project.”
Earning her Gold Award has also helped Lexa prepare for her future career. She plans to attend East Central Community College and become a paramedic.
“Being a leader and taking charge, two things I’ve learned from being a Girl Scout, will help me a lot in emergency situations,” she said.
Bridges also sought to create a deeper sense of community in her town through her Gold Award project. With guidance from her school’s physical education teacher, Bridges built four horseshoe pits on the high school campus and organized a tournament for local veterans to come together and socialize. The horseshoe pits offer another option for students and community members to enjoy physical activity in a non-intimidating environment.
“Through the Gold Award project, I learned how to handle obstacles that get in your way,” Bridges said. “I know that if I take that skill into my career, if I have a problem, I can work past that and move forward.”
The Gold Award is the highest national award a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador, girls in grade 9-12, can earn. Attaining the Girl Scout Gold Award requires a significant amount of time planning and implementing a challenging, large-scale project that is innovative, engages others and has a lasting impact on its targeted community with an emphasis on sustainability.
Less than one percent of all Girl Scouts earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, putting them among an exceptional group of women who have used their knowledge and leadership skills to make a difference in the world. Some of the Gold Awardee benefits are:
- A Girl Scout who has earned her Gold Award and enlists in the US Armed Forces, immediately rises one level in rank
- Colleges and universities recognize the achievements and leadership abilities of Girl Scout Gold Award recipients by offering scholarship programs
- Achievements of the Girl Scout Gold Award recipients are acknowledged by many government and non-profit organizations