St. Louis, MO – September 5, 2018 ─ Brittany Hartung, a 2017 graduate of Webster Groves High School in Webster Groves, Mo., recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. By earning the award, Hartung exemplifies a leader who has transformed an idea for change into an actionable plan with a sustainable impact. Hartung was recognized with 52 other Gold Award Girl Scouts during a ceremony at Lindenwood University in St. Charles this summer.
G.I.R.L.s (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) TM like Hartung believe in the importance of diversity and inclusion. While volunteering at a local children’s hospital, Hartung realized there was an opportunity to open a conversation with preschoolers about understanding people’s different abilities. To earn her Gold Award, Hartung wrote and illustrated a children’s book called “Having Fun Together.” In the book, readers can join the main character, Robert, as he experiences a friend’s birthday party in a wheelchair. After completing her project, Hartung printed and distributed copies of the book to a local preschool where Robert’s story will be enjoyed by future generations.
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.