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Gold Award Girl Scout connects with long-term patients at local children’s hospital


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St. Louis, MO – September 5, 2018 ─ Dominique Navalta, a 2017 graduate of Cor Jesu Academy and sophomore at Washington University, recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. By earning the award, Navalta exemplifies a leader who has transformed an idea for change into an actionable plan with a sustainable impact. Navalta was among 53 Gold Award Girl Scouts recognized during a ceremony at Lindenwood University in St. Charles this summer.

The traditional paper crane is one of the most recognizable origami folds and plays an essential role in an ancient Japanese legend. In this story, a person is promised one wish if they fold 1,000 paper cranes in one year. Nowadays, 1,000 paper cranes are often given to a person who is ill, for luck in their recovery. To earn her Gold Award, Navalta organized origami workshops at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and taught the participating children how to fold a variety of animals including the paper crane, fox, butterfly and cat. This G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) TM introduced patients to an art form and also provided them an escape from their day-to-day routine at the hospital – carving out an hour of time when they could focus on folding intricate designs.

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.