PHILADELPHIA - Five senior-level Girl Scouts in Berks County have earned the Girl Scouts' highest honor – The Gold Award. Each year, The Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania (GSEP) is pleased to award its most outstanding senior-level Scouts with the celebrated honor of the Gold Award which, established in 1916, recognizes excellence and leadership in young women. Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors have the opportunity to earn this award by completing a 'Take Action' Project, in which they create and implement a special objective that will positively impact their community.
In order to earn this top-level honor, a Girl Scout embarks upon a journey of choosing an issue that affects their community and taking action to resolve it. The first step is to identify an issue or an opportunity that, if solved, would improve the state of the community. Girl Scouts are responsible for receiving approval on their proposed issue, investigating the opportunity thoroughly, creating a plan of action, and finally taking action to resolve the issue.
So far this year, GSEP is proud to announce 89 individual Gold Award recipients from across its nine-county council. All recipients completed an estimated 80 hours of work on their project and met all of the requirements of their local Girl Scouts council to earn the accolades.
List of Berks County Winners:
Leah H. of Sinking Spring, PA: 'Berks Summer Strings'
Karly R. of Wyomissing, PA: 'The Power of Pink – Peace Out to Cancer'
Natalie W. of Bethel, PA: 'Historical Farm Equipment at Schaefferstown'
Jessica W. of Fleetwood, PA: 'Pottery Bowls for the Opportunity House'
Katarina Z. of Barto, PA: 'Boyertown History: A Collection of Biographies'
About Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania
Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania (GSEP) is the largest girl-serving organization in Pennsylvania and builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. GSEP serves 41,000 girls in partnership with 15,000 volunteers in Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton and Philadelphia counties. Today, 80 percent of women in leadership and executive roles in the U.S. were Girl Scouts. Girl Scout alumnae comprise 70 percent of women in the U.S. Congress. For further information about Girl Scouting, how to join, volunteer, reconnect, or donate, call 215-564-4657 or visit www.GSEP.org.