St. Louis, MO – February 10, 2020 – Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri is pleased to announce Alejandra Castaneda, a student of Fort Zumwalt East High School, has recently earned the mark of the truly remarkable – the Girl Scout Gold Award. This young change-maker demonstrated extraordinary leadership through a measurable and sustainable community service project.
After assisting at an overnight campout in Hawaii one summer, Castaneda recognized her passion for sharing Girl Scout traditions. As a 10-year Girl Scout, Castaneda knew she wanted to give back to the organization in an impactful way. So, to earn her Gold Award, she designed a Day Camp Program and flew out to Kauai, Hawaii, to lead the future go-getters.
Castaneda organized Discovery Girl Scout Day Camp, a three-day camp available to the region Girl Scouts. During the camp, girls participated in STEM activities, outdoor cooking and sang traditional Girl Scout songs. Castaneda also created a website where girls and volunteers can access songbooks, information on the highest awards and guides for troops to plan their events. A local Kauai Girl Scout troop who helped Castaneda lead the camp will continue the Day Camp series as a summer program to engage and grow their Girl Scout community.
The Gold Award is earned by a high-school-aged Girl Scout who has dedicated on average more than 80 hours to address an issue she’s passionate about in a way that produces meaningful and permanent change. Whether it’s on a local, national or global level, Gold Award Girl Scouts, like Castaneda, provide innovative solutions to pressing and relevant challenges.
Gold Award Girl Scouts don’t just change the world for the better, they change it for good. On a national level, Girl Scouts have answered the call to drive lasting, impactful change in the areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), legislation and education. 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.