Two scouts earn Gold Award

Girl Scouts Danielle Gallagher and Nisha Honnaya earned the Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn.

The Girl Scout Gold Award requires Girl Scouts grades nine through 12 to spend at least 80 hours researching issues, assessing community needs and resources, building a team and making a sustainable impact in the community. A Gold Award recipient’s accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart as a community leader.

Nationally, only 6% of older Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award. Girl Scouts of Connecticut recently honored the 71 Girl Scouts in Connecticut who have achieved this honor on Sunday, June 4.

For her Gold Award project, Gallagher and volunteers from her high school met with senior citizens at her local senior center to offer companionship and to record their stories. Gallagher found that there are many seniors who have great stories to share, but no one to tell them to. After talking with the seniors and recording their stories, Gallagher created a large book filled with memories and stories. Copies of the book will be kept at the senior center and the town library so individuals of all generations in her community can read and learn the stories of those in their town.

Honnaya addressed dementia awareness in her community by developing a program of activities for residents at her local senior center to provide mental stimulation and also foster meaningful relationships across generations. Honnaya and her volunteers met with senior citizens and participated in math exercises, brain teasers, and fun interactive games. They also made time to get to know each other by sharing stories and regular conversation. Honnaya will continue to run the program at her local senior center until she graduates. After that, the program will be sustained by younger members.

“I am beyond proud of our Girl Scouts as we celebrate another century of young women taking the lead and making a sustainable change in our communities,” said Mary Barneby, CEO of Girl Scouts of Connecticut. “By earning the Gold Award, Girl Scouts set themselves apart as top achievers, and are incredible go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders. I can’t wait to see what they will accomplish in the future!”

For more information about the Gold Award or how to become a Gold Award volunteer or mentor, visit gsofct.org.  

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