St. Louis, MO – Nov. 28, 2017 – Breanna Colombo, a 2016 Oakville High School graduate and St. Charles Community College student, and Haley Crawford, a 2017 Oakville High School graduate, earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. In earning the Gold Award, Colombo and Crawford demonstrated outstanding leadership, organizational and networking skills. Colombo and Crawford were among 48 young women in eastern Missouri honored at a ceremony at Lindenwood University this past summer.
Colombo isn’t one to shy away from cold temperatures: she organized a Polar Plunge team called “Polar Pops” as part of her Gold Award project. The proceeds generated from the icy dip were used to purchase sports equipment including basketballs, whistles, tennis balls and a baseball bat for Special Olympics Missouri.
“I would say my favorite part definitely wouldn’t be running into the lake,” Colombo said. “It would be dropping off the sports equipment at Special Olympics. We played basketball, hung out – it was a lot of fun.”
While Colombo faced some weather-related challenges, she said her biggest piece of advice for those working on earning the Gold Award would be to continue pushing forward.
“It may seem hard in the beginning,” Colombo said. “But keep going.”
For her Gold Award project, Crawford wanted to have a lasting impact on those students who have a difficult time focusing in school. She constructed several busy bars for children at Point Elementary. The bars attach to desks and allow students to swing their feet, releasing energy and helping them more pay attention to their classes.
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