Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA) congratulates 71 Girl Scouts on earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. These Gold Award Girl Scouts cumulatively logged more than 5,500 hours of service, while designing and implementing projects to benefit their communities through education and resources.
While each Gold Award Girl Scout pursues an individual project that aligns with her interests or aspirations, each project provides a sustainable solution to the root cause of an issue, including gaps in community resources, youth education opportunities, environmental conservation, and several others.
"The Girl Scout Gold Award truly embodies the mission of our organization, which is building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place," said Patricia A. Burkart, Chief Executive Officer of GSWPA. "It is an honor to celebrate and recognize the impact of so many dedicated, intelligent young women.”
The achievements of these 71 Gold Award Girl Scouts are 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.
Through earning their Girl Scout Gold Award, Girl Scouts distinguish themselves as community leaders by following their vision and passion to make their corner of the world a better place. In recognition of this achievement, Gold Award Girl Scouts can benefit from exclusive scholarships from colleges and universities, and may enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces at an receive advanced rank.
About Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania
Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania provides more than 20,000 girls from 27 counties and many different backgrounds and beliefs with the resources to become tomorrow’s leaders. This is made possible thanks to the dedication of more than 10,000 adult members, close to 100 full-time staff, 20 board members and countless supporters, all believing in the power of girls. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania, call 800-248-3355 or visit gswpa.org.
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.