Nearly one hundred Girl Scout families and friends gathered at the Center for American Values on April 22, 2016 to honor the more than 1,600 Girl Scouts from across Colorado who earned one of Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, the Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award.
The Gold Award, which is the highest honor in Girl Scouts, is presented to girls in grades 9-12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through a project that makes a difference in their community. The Silver Award is the highest award a girl in 6th – 8th grade can earn. The Bronze Award is the highest award a girl in grades 4th and 5th can earn. For the 2015-16 Girl Scout awards program year, more than one thousand girls across the state and 24 in Pueblo and Southeastern Colorado earned the Bronze Award. Over the last two years, 18 girls across Pueblo and Southeastern Colorado earned the prestigious Silver Award.
Girl Scouts of Colorado COO Jacky Noden said the girls’ spirit and motivation inspires us all to think of the needs of others and take action to make the world a better place.
“You are strong role models for our community and our world,” she said.
Gold Award recipient and Troop Leader Carrie Chase served as the celebration’s keynote speaker. She talked briefly about earning her Gold Award, but most of her speech focused on how becoming a troop leader has impacted not only her and her daughter’s lives, but also how she has seen it change the lives of girls throughout Pueblo and southeastern Colorado.
This year Girl Scouts across the country are celebrating the 100thanniversary of Girl Scouts’ highest award. The focus of a Gold Award project is identifying and researching a community issue she is passionate about, developing a plan to address it in cooperation with her team and community members, establishing a global connection with others and providing sustainability for the project. Of the skills learned through Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, leadership, organization and critical thinking are the fundamentals of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.
Girl Scouts of Colorado will continue to honor this year’s Highest Awards recipients at ceremonies around the state. These events include:
- May 1st at 2 p.m. at the Denver Marriott Tech Center, 4900 S. Syracuse St., Denver
- May 6 at 6 p.m. at the Penrose House Garden Pavilion 1661 Mesa Ave., Colorado Springs