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Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania Honors 51 Top Girl Scouts with Gold Award


Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania Honors 51 Top Girl Scouts with Gold Award

Highest award recognizes Girl Scouts’ commitment to community improvement

(Harrisburg, PA) – During a recent packed-house event, hosted by the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center, 51 Girl Scouts representing 30 counties that comprise the Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania (GSPHA) Council received the coveted Gold Award. This top honor is designated for Girl Scouts who planned and implemented a project that meets a specific community need. The Gold Award Committee, a 9-person group which mentors and supports each Girl Scout, reviews the project proposals and provides guidance throughout the process.    

“Earning the Gold Award is not an easy feat,” said Ellen Kyzer, chief executive officer of GSHPA. “Each honoree invested hours of time and energy to identify a community need, plan a sustainable community project and see it through to completion.”  

Girl Scouts who successfully earned the Gold Award are required to have earned both a Silver Award (Cadettes) and a Bronze Award (Juniors).  Over the period October 2015 through April 2017, nearly 900 Girl Scouts earned their Silver Award and over 400 Girl Scouts earned their Silver Award. 

The projects range from installing benches in public parks and coordinating a fundraiser walk to increase awareness about diabetes to constructing a sensory garden for people with disabilities and organizing a benefit event to raise money for veterans. Girl Scout Gold Award recipients learned about surmounting challenges, planning for contingencies, staying organized and applying leadership skills while implementing their service projects. 


About Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania

Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania provides the character-building benefits of scouting to more than 17,000 girls across 30 counties in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. The organization’s mission and long-term goal is to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Find out more about celebrating being a G.I.R.L. (Go-getters. Innovators. Risk-takers. Leaders.) at

On the national level, Girl Scouts of the USA – which reaches 2.4 million girls aged 5 through 17 – is uniquely positioned to encourage STEM programs and address gender equity in science, math and technical fields. Girl Scouts of the USA and its councils across the country have embarked on an advocacy initiative to raise awareness about girls’ participation in STEM with public officials and community leaders at the local, state, and federal levels.