Three Girl Scouts from Danbury have earned their Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a girl can earn in Girl Scouting.
In order to earn the Gold Award, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts between the grades of 9-12 spend at least 80 hours researching issues, assessing community needs and resources, building a team, and making a sustainable impact in the community. A Gold Award recipient’s accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart as a community leader.
Taryn Ramey constructed a memorial garden at her church in an effort to remove people from their technological devices and take time to remember the past. She also held a workshop to discuss the negative aspects of technology while encouraging attendees to research their culture. The church’s youth group will maintain the garden and require all devices to be turned in before meetings. Taryn plans a career in law.
In an effort to preserve environmental resources, Caitlin Sharif organized and led a Green Team at the Congregational Church of New Fairfield, instituting eco-friendly events and programs. She organized several recycling programs for the church to reduce damage to the environment while educating church patrons. The Green Team will remain a part of the church in the future. Caitlin will study early childhood education at Naugatuck Valley Community College in the fall.
Claire Tensa developed and led tours at Weir Farm National Historic Site that offered a new topic for visitors – the lives of the children who lived at the farm. She researched the site’s oral histories and presented this information to visitors. A binder with tour information was given to the farm’s rangers who will continue the tour. Claire is attending Eastern Connecticut State University and studying history and secondary education.
For more information about the Gold Award or how to become a Gold Award volunteer or mentor, visit http://www.gsofct.org/pages/GoldAward.php.