St. Louis, MO – October 2, 2018 ─Macy Thomas, an upcoming 2019 graduate of Life Church School in Kirksville, Mo., recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. By earning the award, Thomas exemplifies a leader who has transformed an idea for change into an actionable plan with a sustainable impact. Thomas was among 53 Gold Award Girl Scouts recognized during a ceremony at Lindenwood University in St. Charles this summer.
Separated from her biological parents at four years old, Thomas and her brothers were placed in different foster care homes. Unable to see her brothers frequently, Thomas longed for the one thing she didn’t have – family photos. For Thomas, memories exist in photographs and were keepsakes of special moments. To earn her Gold Award, this G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) TM partnered with a local photographer and took free portraits of families with children in foster care. Thomas said the photos capture the special bond between foster kids and their biological parents, and help children cope with the anxiety and sadness of losing their families.
The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the culmination of more than 80 hours of work on a project that is important to each girl. Approximately one million Girl Scouts in ninth through 12th grade 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 non-Gold Award 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 many 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.