West Point, NY (14 March 2016) – 101 Girl Scouts in the Hudson Valley earned the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award this past year, the highest national award a Girl Scout can earn. In earning the award, these young women demonstrated outstanding leadership, organizational, and networking skills. A special ceremony was held Sunday, March 13th at The United States Military Academy at West Point.
It’s not easy to earn Girl Scouting’s highest leadership award. There is no shortcut; completing the award’s multiple requirements takes several years to complete, and the final requirement is a meaningful and sustainable service project that takes a minimum of 80 hours. The 101 Girl Scouts from the Lower Hudson Valley region who earned their Gold Award this year, represents 21% of eligible girls, which far exceeds the national average.
“I am honored to congratulate these outstanding girls,” says Pamela I. Anderson, CEO of Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson. “Girl Scouts who earn the Gold Award are young women of extraordinary achievement. They are well-prepared to become our community, business and civic leaders one day.”
Over the course of the last century, millions of Girl Scout alumnae have positively impacted their communities and the world with their creative, impactful, and sustainable Take Action Projects. The event on Sunday honored these accomplished alumnae as well during the momentous occasion. “We are very excited to recognize 100 years of accomplishment and excellence,” adds Pamela, “It was a wonderful opportunity to have alumnae who have earned this prestigious award in the past reconnect with today’s Girl Scouts.”
According to the Girl Scouts Research Institute (GSRI) report, The Power of the Girl Scout Gold Award: Excellence in Leadership and Life, Girl Scout Gold Award recipients soar when it comes to seeing themselves as a leader, providing service to others through volunteerism, and positive attitudes about themselves and the lives they lead.