St. Louis, MO – September 11, 2018 ─ Abby Lewis, a junior at Orchard Farm High school in St. Charles, Mo., recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. By earning the award, Lewis exemplifies a leader who has transformed an idea for change into an actionable plan with a sustainable impact. Lewis was among 53 Gold Award Girl Scouts recognized during a ceremony at Lindenwood University in St. Charles this summer.
Children explore the world around them using their five senses: touch, sight, smell, taste and hearing. To earn her Gold Award, Lewis gave local area preschoolers more opportunities to engage these essential faculties. She created and donated a large-scale music and outdoor water wall that would strengthen their developmental skills. This G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) TM is ensuring children in her area have curriculum in their early years that will set them up for success now and later in life.
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.