St. Louis, MO – June 22, 2017 – Recipients of Girl Scouts highest honors faced the challenge of creating meaningful, sustainable change in their local communities and triumphed. Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards represent leadership journeys that help girls develop confidence while they discover more about themselves, connect with others and take action to make a difference in their corner of the world and perhaps beyond.
Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri recently presented 419 Girl Scouts with the Girl Scout Bronze Award, 288 Girl Scouts with the Girl Scout Silver Award and 48 Girl Scouts with the Girl Scout Gold Award. Five hundred and sixty-seven people were in attendance as these honorees were recognized during a ceremony at Lindenwood University in St. Charles on Sunday, June 11.
“We are extremely proud to honor a record number of girls who have worked hard to create lasting change in our community to make our world a better place,” said Bonnie Barczykowski, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri. “By earning their Bronze, Silver or Gold Award, our Girl Scouts set themselves apart as amazing go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders.”
The Bronze Awardees, fourth and fifth grade Girl Scouts, either work individually or as part of a team to complete a civic-service project. This award challenges the girl and her team to imagine what can be accomplished when partnering with others. The Bronze Award requires a commitment of at least 20 hours.
The Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette, girls in sixth through eighth grade, can earn. These Girl Scouts can choose to work individually or as part of a smaller team. Silver Award recipients demonstrate leadership skills as they stay organized, determined and dedicated to improving their communities. The minimum time to complete a Silver Award project is 50 hours.
The highest achievement in Girl Scouting is earning the Gold Award. Girl Scout Gold Award recipients are high-school-aged girls who demonstrate remarkable leadership while they work to solve a community issue. The process requires at least 80 hours of service and often spans months or even years.
The Girl Scout Bronze, Silver and Gold Award projects themselves are as unique as the girls who implemented them. Many fall under Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri’s three programmatic focus areas: STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), Money Management and Health. Some of this year’s notable Bronze Award projects include donating sensory learning objects for a school with students who are severely disabled, holding a spring carnival to collect personal care items for a women’s shelter and creating coloring books for children to use during hospital stays.
Several noteworthy Silver Award projects involve increasing awareness about the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, creating a map of recycling facilities for the elderly and disabled, plus revitalizing a sensory trail for equine therapy riders.
Some of this year’s Gold Award notable projects include assisting in the construction of classrooms at the Light Life Freedom’s new school in New Delhi, India; leading third-grade students in a science workshop; addressing the issue of bullying and loneliness by building a buddy bench; and organizing and coaching a FIRST® Robotics team for a group of sixth-graders.
Nationally, six percent of all older Girl Scouts earn the prestigious 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.