St. Louis, MO – June 13, 2019 – This past Sunday, June 9, 2019, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri recognized 885 eastern Missouri G.I.R.L.s (Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, Leaders) TM who earned the highest community service awards—the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.
Hundreds of parents, family members, troop leaders and sister Girl Scouts were in attendance as 591 young women were awarded the Bronze Award, 250 with the Silver Award and 44 with the Gold Award. Several state legislators including Senator Jill Schupp, Representative Jim Murphy, Representative John Wiemann, Representative Sarah Unsicker and Representative Tracy McCreery also came to the event and extended their congratulations to these extraordinary young women who are leaving a permanent and positive mark on the world.
“We are so proud of our remarkable Girl Scouts,” said Bonnie Barczykowski, CEO of Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri. “Our Bronze, Silver and Gold Award Girl Scouts poured their hearts into their projects, completing more than 27,800 hours of community service. Congratulations to every young woman who has earned one of these awards this year, our future shines brighter because of their unwavering commitment to be a force of good in our community.”
Open only to G.I.R.L.s in high school, earning the Gold Award is the pinnacle of the Girl Scout experience. These bold and confident young women have demonstrated extraordinary leadership through a sustainable community service project that addresses real-world challenges at local, national and global levels.
Each Gold Award Girl Scout dedicates at least 80 hours to their project spending months, even years, finishing it while simultaneously juggling intense extracurriculars. The outstanding projects from this year’s class of Gold Award Girl Scouts span from sewing feminine hygiene products for young women living in West Africa to creating a patent-pending communication tool designed for athletes suffering a chronic medical condition.
The Silver Award is the highest community service award a girl in sixth through eighth grade can earn. This award is completed by a girl or group of girls working together, with each person devoting a minimum of 50 hours toward making a big change in their community. Several noteworthy Silver Award projects include creating educational resources for children newly diagnosed with diabetics; organizing and assembling pre-packaged meals for area residents in need; and writing and illustrating books that were sent to children in Uganda.
The Bronze Award is the highest honor for Girl Scouts in fourth or fifth grade. The award is completed by a girl, a group or troop with each individual working a minimum of 20 hours toward their project.
Some of this year’s Bronze Award projects include helping injured animals become rehabilitated with the wild; planning and promoting a food drive for an area pantry; and repainting the bathroom walls at an elementary school.
Earning the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards are just some of the amazing things girls can do as a Girl Scout. To join or to learn more about the organization, visit girlscoutsem.org/join.