St. Louis, MO – Nov. 28, 2017 – Kelsey Vancil, a 2017 Fort Zumwalt East High School graduate, earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. In earning the Gold Award, Vancil demonstrated outstanding leadership, organizational and networking skills. Vancil was among 48 young women in eastern Missouri honored at a ceremony at Lindenwood University this past summer.
Vancil worked with Five Acres Animal Shelter to revitalize their storage area. After completing the Girl Scout Silver Award, the second highest award of the Girl Scouts of the USA, with her troop at Five Acres, Vancil said she knew she wanted to give back to the organization again. With the help of her dad, she built a large shed to house animal crates and hay previously stored outside and susceptible to the elements. She did everything from pouring the concrete base and nailing the walls to painting and siding the shed.
“I became a stronger communicator during this experience,” Vancil said. “It was hard to gain that confidence at first when asking for donations, but I became stronger and more confident as the project went on.”
The Girl Scout Gold Award requires determination, communication, time management and a desire to make a difference. This distinguished award challenges girls to change the world and solve a community issue. The process requires at least 80 hours of service and often spans months or even years.
Less than one percent of all Girl Scouts earn the 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 Award Girl Scout benefits 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
- Certificates and letters from Girl Scouts of the USA, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, United States Navy and the South St. Louis Marine Corps League Auxiliary
- Receiving a Sacagawea Gold Dollar from the United States Mint