REIDSVILLE — Girl Scouts Carolina’s Peaks to Piedmont recently announced that two Reidsville teenagers have received the highest honor a Girl Scout can achieve, the Girl Scout Gold Award.
Hope Williams, the daughter of Demond and Terrica Williams of Reidsville and a member of the Girl Scout Troop 3000, created an Empowered Girl program as a resource for high school counselors.
The program aims to teach girls life skills on how to lead a more balanced lifestyle and addresses various issues that many young girls struggle with. For each topic, Williams designed activities and goals for girls to achieve and metrics to measure their growth. Topics include: the importance of education, self-confidence, time management, money management, self-care, career exploration, college preparation, and study skills.
Williams has also created a website that contains information about the program, the program’s lesson plans/notebooks, hard copies for each session, and flyers. Her program has already been tested with a group of girls, and counselors across Rockingham County will continue to share the curriculum, Girl Guide leaders announced in a press release.
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Also a member of Troop 3000, Meredith Dishmon earned her Gold Award by creating a project addressing the lack of resources to learn about local history. She has created a website and webquest for use by teachers at Rockingham County Middle School. Dishmon also hosted a walking tour of downtown Reidsville to get the community interested in local history in a hands-on way.
Girl Scouts in high school can earn their Girl Scout Gold Award by making lasting change in a community or world issue. Gold Award Girl Scouts tackle the root cause of a problem, plan and implement innovative solutions to drive change and lead a team of people to success. Each girl must devote at least 80 hours to planning and executing her project, which must benefit the community and have a long-term impact.
As they take action to change their world, Gold Award Girl Scouts acquire tangible skills and prove they are the leaders our community and the world needs. Over the years, Gold Award Girl Scouts from Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont have planted community gardens, dealt with nurturing issues, tackled school bullying and more.
“Receiving the Girl Scout Gold Award is truly a remarkable achievement. It’s the culmination of so many things – from a girl’s self-discipline and leadership skills to time management and the creativity, initiative and mastery of skills required to complete these types of projects,” said Jennifer Wilcox, CEO of Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont.
“Each girl who receives this prestigious award makes a difference not only in her community but in her own life. The skills acquired through the Gold Award process—strategic thinking, communication, collaboration, problem solving—will be used extensively in their future endeavors.”
Thousands of Girl Scouts receive the Girl Scout Gold Award each year, first presented as a Golden Eaglet in 1916. Earning the Gold Award opens doors to scholarships, preferred college admission routes, and amazing career opportunities.
For more information about girl scouting in your area, go to www.girlscoutsp2p.org.
For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect, or donate to GSCP2P, call 800-672-2148 or visit www.girlscoutsp2p.org.