The Adventures of Stinky Sweet:

Sometimes stinky. Sometimes sweet. But it's our life - and it is always good.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Gold Award

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award that a Girl Scout can earn as a girl (there are awards for adults too!). It is THE most prestigious thing she can do during her school years and sets her up beautifully to succeed in the "real world" once she graduates high school. Not only does earning your Gold Award teach leadership skills, position you for local and national college scholarships, and encourage sustainable community impact, girls who earn this award will also automatically advance one rank if she chooses to join any branch of the US Military. By discovering something she is passionate about, connecting with people who can guide her and mentor her through the project, and taking action to create change in her community, each Gold Award recipient truly does take small steps towards changing the world.

Today I got to go present a girl with her Gold Award pin during her church service at a sweet little country church outside of town. It was such an honor to participate in pinning her and hearing the stories of the project that she did mapping the cemetery so loved ones could always be found. I told a little about the Gold Award in general and then spoke about how much the Gold Award committee has seen this girl grow and become more confident throughout the process. There were few dry eyes in the place - especially those family members and mentors that have helped her through a year long process. This girl is a great example of what Girl Scouting both stands for and teaches - dedication, leadership, loyalty, hard work - I could go on and on. It is an honor to teach these girls, work with these girls and learn beside these girls.

Tomorrow is the day we get to take girls to meet the Tennessee State governor and attend a legislative session to honor Girl Scouts on our 100th Anniversary! I love my job!