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Gold Award Girl Scout dreams BIG to help thousands of foster parents


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

There are more than 15,000 children in foster care in Missouri, according to AdoptUSKids. For those families choosing to help, applying to foster a child can be an overwhelming and time-consuming process. After learning about the number of steps involved for new foster parents, Gold Award Girl Scout Bodrow saw an opportunity to create a system to help. To earn Girl Scouts’ highest award, she assembled binders that would store essential paperwork for the families and distributed them to local foster care agencies. Thanks to this G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) TM foster families can focus less on locating that crucial piece of paperwork and more on building new relationships.

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.