Honoring a Century of Girls and Women Making the World a Better Place
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IRVINE, Calif. (June 27, 2016) – Girl Scouts from all over the state gathered at the State Capitol last week for an empowering celebration of the organization’s highest award, the Girl Scout Gold Award.
Three Orange County girls were among a select group of Girl Scouts invited to participate in the national celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scout Gold Award. Representing Girl Scouts of Orange County were Fountain Valley resident Heather Carr of Troop 1061, Orange resident Chloe Healy of Troop 915, and Anaheim resident Crystal Pham of Troop 1447 – all Gold Award recipients. For her Gold Award Project, “The Greenprint Project,” Carr created a garden on her school campus and a video to address the important issue of reducing our carbon footprint through sustainable habits. Chloe wrote and published her book “Champ the Service Dog,” sharing the importance of service dogs and how her service dog has impacted her life. For her project “Food for Thought,” Crystal engineered a food product to combat malnutrition and collaborated with several human rights organizations to devise strategies to target malnutrition in local communities.
In addition to witnessing a proclamation recognizing the centennial of the Girl Scout Gold Award, the girls met with members of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus and had the opportunity to shadow select legislators at the State Capitol and network with influential women business leaders over two days in Sacramento from June 22nd to the 23rd.
The event at the State Capitol mirrors events taking place across the country this year as Girl Scout troops and councils are “Celebrating 100 Years of Changing the World” through the Gold Award. Over the years, Gold Award recipients have improved the lives of tens of thousands of people throughout the world through projects such as building libraries that teach new immigrants to speak and read English, constructing hospitals that serve women and children in war-torn regions and encouraging sustainable food growth and consumption, among many others.
Earning a Gold Award requires girls to take action in a sustainable way by identifying issues in their communities or the world and working to resolve them for future generations. Like earning Boy Scouts’ “Eagle Scout” designation, earning the Girl Scout Gold Award is a powerful and transformative experience that could entitle girls to college scholarships or an advanced rank when entering the military. Due to the commitment and effort required, fewer than six percent of eligible Girl Scouts earn this prestigious award.
About Girl Scouts of Orange County:
We are the Girl Scouts of Orange County. We’re 36,000 strong— more than 21,000 girls and nearly 15,000 adults who believe every girl can change the world. Girl Scouts began over 100 years ago with one woman, Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low, who believed` in the power of every girl. Today, we continue her vision of building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place by helping them discover their inner strength, passions, and talents. And with programs in every zip code in Orange County, there’s a chance for every girl to do something amazing. We’re the Girl Scouts. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit www.GirlScoutsOC.org.
About Girl Scouts of the USA:
Girl Scouts is the world’s most successful organization dedicated to creating female leaders, with 3.2 million active members and more than 59 million alumnae. Since its founding in 1912, women have explored new fields of knowledge, learned valuable skills and developed strong core values through Girl Scouting.
The Girl Scout organization has shaped the lives of 50 percent of adult women in the U.S., including the majority of female senior executives and business owners, two-thirds of women in Congress, and virtually every female astronaut.