In celebration of our 100th anniversary, we will
shine the spotlight on the best and brightest members of our Council, the Girl
Scout Gold Award recipients. The Gold Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout
can achieve. By earning the Gold Award, each recipient demonstrates a special
commitment to excellence in herself, her community and her future. Recipients
must complete several activities covering career exploration, leadership
skills, community service and specialized interest projects, followed by a
comprehensive project selected and designed by the recipient based on her
skills and interests.
On the third Friday of each month, we will highlight a new
2011-2012 Gold Award Recipient on the Gold Award Spotlight page who will help
set the stage and inspire a new generation of Girl Scouts as we prepare for our
next 100 years. Check back each month to see who is in the Gold Award Spotlight.
This month we are spotlighting:
Rebecca earned her Girl Scout Gold Award in 2012. She wanted to provide a safe place for church youth to socialize and interact, so she built a Gaga ball court and horseshoe pit at First United Methodist Church of Schuylkill Haven. Gaga ball is sort of a modern dodge ball game played in an octagonal pit. It is very popular with youth groups and camps. The recreational area promotes physical fitness in a safe environment, plus serves as a fun place for the youth group and church community to socialize.
“I chose this project for a couple of different reasons. It filled the need for a safe place for the youth in the area to congregate and it gives them a place to exercise,” said Rebecca. “I am the Church Youth Council President, and the youth had been voicing their desire for a Gaga ball pit for quite some time, after we had all played on one at one of our favorite church camps. Also, I hate paperwork, so building something was ideal!”
Rebecca joined Girl Scouts in first grade and just became a lifetime Girl Scout. She earned both her Girl Scout Silver and Bronze awards, several leadership bars, as well as the Via Veritas Vita award, a local Girl Scout religious award. Rebecca says she’s proud to have worked on dozens of community service projects, and enjoyed volunteering with younger Girl Scout troops.
A fun side note to Rebecca’s project: her twin brother William was working on his Boy Scout Eagle Award at the same time she was completing her Girl Scout Gold Award and they had a combined Gold and Eagle ceremony.
Rebecca graduated from Schuylkill Haven Area High School and plans to double major in history and religion at Lebanon Valley College.
Congratulations, Rebecca! You are an example of the gold standard of Girl Scouting and how today’s girls are becoming tomorrow’s leaders. Thank you for also inspiring future generations of girls to do the same!