More than fifty Girl Scout families and friends gathered at Mountain View Methodist Church in Boulder on April 24, 2016 to honor Colorado Girl Scouts who earned one of Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, the Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award.
Two Girl Scouts were presented the Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn. Brittany Jaros from Boulder, Holy Family High School, developed a program to educate middle school students about the importance of mental health and suicide prevention. Courtney Howell from Niwot, Silver Creek High School, organized a science, math, and engineering exploration day for middle and elementary school students to show them that science can be fun. Both described their projects and how earning the Gold Award has impacted their lives. Girl Scouts in grades 9-12 who earn the Gold Award demonstrate extraordinary leadership through a project that makes a difference in their community. Several Silver Award honorees (the highest award a girl in 6th – 8th grade can earn) also were presented their awards. The Bronze Award is the highest award a girl in grades 4th and 5th can earn.
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.
Kaitlin Jaros, whose sister Brittany accepted her Gold Award, served as the celebration’s emcee. She earned her Gold Award several years ago for a project that focused on three areas of health: eating, exercise, and getting enough sleep. She teamed up with gym and health teachers at Casey Middle School, Sacred Heart of Jesus, and St. Louis middle schools. The teachers had students track for a week their food intake and the number of hours of exercise and sleep they completed. She took the data and created spreadsheets, showing where students could improve. She presented the information at each of the schools, explaining the importance of forming healthy habits early.
“Girl Scouts has ultimately shaped me into the person I am today by instilling values of courage, confidence, and character, ultimately giving us the mission to make the world a better place.” she said.
This year Girl Scouts across the country are celebrating the 100th anniversary 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