The Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore honored 23 Girl Scouts from Monmouth and Ocean counties with the Girl Scout Gold Award on Wednesday, May 29, at a ceremony hosted at Branches, West Long Branch.
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls, and the most difficult to earn. It is available exclusively to Girl Scouts in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. These projects challenge them to gain leadership skills and confidence while creating a positive community impact.
"Gold Award Girl Scouts are visionary leaders, and this year's awardees have tackled prominent issues that affect all of us on a local, national and international level," said Eileen M. Higgins, CEO, Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore. "Earning the Gold Award will unlock great opportunities for these Girl Scouts; they are on their way to becoming our next generation of business leaders, scientists, entrepreneurs and policymakers."
Research verifies that participating in Girl Scouts and earning the Gold Award is linked to developing crucial leadership skills and advanced achievements. The majority of women who earned their Gold Award display more positive life outcomes compared with women who did not participate in Girl Scouts in their youth, including being more optimistic about their future; seeing themselves as leaders, and being more civically engaged, particularly in politics.
Since it was first awarded in 1916, the Gold Award has gone by several different names including, the First Class, the Curved Bar and the Gold Eaglet. Earlier this year, Girl Scouts of the USA issued a proclamation declaring that all Girl Scout alums who earned these previous iterations would be inducted into the Gold Award Girl Scout family. Those who qualify are encouraged to share their information with GSUSA at girlscouts.org/proclamation. Those who do will receive a recognition letter from Sylvia Acevedo, GSUSA's CEO, as well as a Gold Award pin to proudly wear.