Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore honored 19 Girl Scouts from Monmouth and Ocean counties with the Girl Scout Gold Award on Wednesday, June 9, at a ceremony hosted at the Girl Scouts’ Program Activity Center, Farmingdale.
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.
“Many of this year’s Gold Award Girl Scouts completed their projects during quarantine. Overcoming those additional obstacles demonstrate their passion, desire and commitment to make the world a better place,” 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 the changemakers of our future.”
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.