Winfield Girl Scout Goes for the Gold
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Winfield Girl Scout Goes for the Gold


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St. Louis, MO – February 10, 2020 – Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri is pleased to announce Ciara Beckemeier a student of Winfield 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. 

As a lifelong Girl Scout, Beckemeier wanted to have the full leadership experience, so she decided to earn her Gold Award, the highest community service award a Girl Scout can earn. After discovering her spirituality at a young age, Beckemeier decided to share her experiences by providing an opportunity for those in her community to explore their beliefs. To do this, she organized and designed faith-based materials for elementary students.

Beckemeier researched and created three spiritual studies, a presentation and a pamphlet for her Gold Award project. She then planned three classes during which she shared her lessons with the participating children. Because she recognized a need within her community, the youth group of First Baptist Church in Winfield will continue Beckemeier’s curriculum using her thoughtfully executed lesson plans.

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 Beckemeier, 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.