June 4, 2012— Taylor Brown of Waterford has earned her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a girl can earn in Girl Scouting.
In order to earn the Gold Award, Senior and Ambassador level Girl Scouts between the ages of 14-17 spend at least 80 hours researching issues, assessing community needs and resources, building a team, and making a sustainable impact in their community. Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award is a major accomplishment in a girl’s life and a powerful example of how Girl Scouting helps girls develop the courage, confidence, and character to be successful leaders today and in the future.
Taylor Brown designed a program for middle-school girls about healthy body image, eating habits, and warning signs of eating disorders. She used games and magazines for discussion purposes and hosted a garbage bag fashion show to promote positive body image. Her project’s information will be presented to future girls by Youth Services. She is studying marketing at Three Rivers Community College.
An award with national standards, the Girl Scout Gold Award represents an individual’s accomplishments, leadership, commitment, creativity, and personal effort contributed to making their community a better place to live. This year, 57 young women from around the state earned their Gold Award. Many of the awardees attended a special ceremony on June 3 at Saint Joseph College to receive their certificates from Girl Scouts of Connecticut and Girl Scouts of the USA, as well as a congratulatory letter from Girl Scouts of Connecticut CEO, Jennifer Smith Turner. The Gold Scouts will also receive certificates or letters from Governor Dannel P. Malloy, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, the Connecticut Marine Corps League Auxiliary, and Alpha Phi Omega, a national co-ed fraternity.
For more information about the Gold Award and Girl Scouts of Connecticut, please visit us at www.gsofct.org.