Rachel, a senior at Hoover High School, recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award for her project Hats for Hope. Her project focused on supporting the women served by Sav-A-Life, Vestavia. She taught her peers and others how to crochet baby hats and then donated them to the organization. She hoped that women who seek out Sav-A-Life for support when they have an unplanned pregnancy would be encouraged by these hats when they see how the community cares about them. At the end of November 2012 she had donated 75 caps, exceeding her goal of 50. She and her group are continuing the project into the future to provide more expecting mothers with the caps.
“By giving them something handmade, they are reminded that the community cares about them and their child.” said Rachel. “Hopefully, they will look forward to having their baby wear it one day.”
“By earning the Girl Scout Gold Award,” said Trish Coghlan, chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama, “Rachel has become a community leader. Her accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart.”
The girl who goes for the Gold embraces challenges, achieves excellence, and works diligently to make the world a better place, in her own unique way. Her leadership, vision, and boundless energy is an inspiration to all Girl Scouts. Each girl earning her Gold Award demonstrates excellence through a leadership project totaling more than 65 hours. Girls who earn their Gold Award are also recognized by the President of the United States, the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Armed Services, state legislatures, colleges and universities for admission and scholarship opportunities, and the American Legion. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.
The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting; it recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to go gold, an act that indelibly marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world. For more information about the Gold Award, visit girlscoutsnca.org/gogold.