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Girl Scouts across western Pennsylvania receive highest honor


Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA) congratulates 87 Girl Scouts on earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Cumulatively, these girls logged nearly 7,000 hours designing and implementing service projects that benefit their communities through education and resources. Many girls choose to use their Gold Award project to tackle issues they see within their own community like poverty, bullying and the environment.

By earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, these girls have become community leaders. Each one of their accomplishments focuses on the girl's individual interests and personal journey through leadership skills, career explorations, self-improvement, and service.

"The important work these girls take on to earn the Gold Award not only benefits communities, but also inspires the next generation of Girl Scouts," said Patricia A. Burkart, Chief Executive Officer of GSWPA. "By taking the lead, Gold Award Girl Scouts show younger girls that they have the power to create something amazing, too."

The achievements of these 87 Gold Award Girl Scouts will be celebrated at two Gold Award Court of Awards Ceremonies, one held in May at Chestnut Ridge Golf Resort & Convention Center in Blairsville and the other in June at Pittsburgh Marriott North in Cranberry Township. For those Girl Scouts who attend a ceremony, a summary of their project is shared while they receive their Gold Award pin, which they wear on their Girl Scout uniform to signify the completion of the highest award.

Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award Girl Scouts, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.

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We're 2.6 million strong—1.8 million girls and 800,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. Our extraordinary journey began more than 100 years ago with the original G.I.R.L., Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low. On March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, she organized the very first Girl Scout troop, and every year since, we’ve honored her vision and legacy, building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. And with programs from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit

In western Pennsylvania, Girl Scouts are served by Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect, or donate, call 800-248-3355> or visit

About the Girl Scout Gold Award

Since 1916, Girl Scouts have been making meaningful, sustainable change in their communities and around the world. The Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement a Girl Scout can earn, acknowledges the power behind each Gold Award Girl Scout’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers. They are our future, and it looks bright!