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Girl Scouts of Central Texas (GSCTX) is full of fantastic stories.  On this page you will find access to some of those stories and press materials. In addition to all the ah-mazing ways our girls are making the world a better place, we also always have a spotlight to shine on our superhero volunteers, programs (STEM, Girl Scout Cookies, and camp—oh my!), and special council events. The possibilities are endless!

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Media Contact

Members of the media can contact:

  • Lolis Garcia-Baab, Director of Marketing & Communications
    Office: 1.800.733.0011 ext. 185, LolisGB@gsctx.org
  • Reyna Martinez, Public Relations Executive Areas 1, 2, 3 (includes San Angelo, Stephenville, Waco, Killeen, Temple, and Bryan/College Station)
    Office: 1.800.733.0011 ext. 161, ReynaM@gsctx.org
  • Taji Senior, Public Relations Executive Areas 4 (greater Austin area)
    Office: 1.800.733.0011 ext. 136, TajiS@gsctx.org

* Not sure what area you are? Check out our county listing here.

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PRESS RELEASES

Featured News
  • A Note from Lynelle - January


    Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and that your 2016 is off to a fabulous start! We are so excited to share the second edition of our council magazine, Trefoil Tribune, with you. By now you should have received your copy in the mail. Inside you’ll find a variety of resources, exciting programs, and important council updates. We’re looking forward to receiving your comments, suggestions, and feedback.

    Cookie season is finally here! This season is shaping up to be one of our best yet. Thanks to the hard work and commitment of our OUTSTANDING volunteers, this year’s Mega Drops went off without a hitch. More than one million boxes of cookies were distributed prior to January 20th. A special thank you to Nicol and the Oak Hill Service Unit for allowing me to volunteer with them and experience the tremendous effort it takes to run a Service Unit Cupboard first hand. I have a true appreciation for all that our volunteers and parents do during cookie season. Seeing our girls’ confidence grow through cookie booth experiences makes it all worthwhile.

    We’re hard at work in our migration to our Customer Engagement Platform (CEP)! You may recall me referring to it as “CEI” at last year’s VEC. CEP is our new platform that includes a new volunteer system (membership database) and volunteer toolkit (web-based tools for troop leaders). This platform is the technology foundation that will allow us to improve and simplify the Girl S...



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  • A Note from Lynelle - December


    Happy Holidays! This is the time of year when many of us are getting ready to spend cherished time with family, friends and loved ones. It is a time when we reflect on the year that has passed and begin looking ahead to the exciting New Year to come. This has been a remarkable year for our council. Thanks to hard work of our volunteers, girls, parents and staff, GSCTX is experiencing a nine percent overall membership increase and at least 13 Service Units have already exceeded last year’s total girl membership! I’m confident that number is only going to continue to grow. This winter, Kenya and I have had the privilege of visiting the council’s five highest-performing service units: Oakfield, Midtown, Bryan/College Station, Westlake and Bluebonnet Valley. It was great to witness amazing Service Unit leadership, fun camps, cool events and stellar service projects in action.

    The start of the New Year will bring exciting changes and possibilities for our girls. Cookie season is right around the corner and for the first time ever GSCTX is participating in Digital Cookie 2.0! We are so excited to be able to provide our girls with 21st century tools, all in a continued effort to move at the speed of girls. Digital Cookie allows girls to go beyond the booth and connect with customers in a whole new way through their own unique, customizable cookie websites. Now, girls can accept and track online orders while posting fun photos and videos, playing interacti...



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  • A Note from Lynelle - November


    As Thanksgiving approaches, we want to take a moment to say how thankful we are for our wonderful volunteers, donors and community partners! We couldn’t serve our girls without your time, support and dedication.

    Our Girl Scouting year has gotten off to a fabulous start with several service units reaching membership milestones. Congratulations to the Lakeline, Texas Star and Southern Oaks Service Units who have already exceeded last year’s total girl membership! We are so excited to see the renewed excitement of girls embarking on their Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

    Autumn is all about change, and if you’re looking for fun ways to change up your regular troop meetings, the GSCTX website has everything you need! Girls can earn fun new patches with programming designed specifically for them with the Monthly and Council Patch Programs.  Have you checked out the activities on our Programs On-Demand page? There’s all kinds of fun activities from combining glitz and glamour with the great outdoors with “Glamping 101” or having your girls master the skills they need to run their own babysitting service. Just sign up and a volunteer or GSCTX staff member will bring the fun to you!

    November was an exciting month as we had our second Samsung STEM Chall...



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  • Girl Scout Cookies Are Not Going Up in Price


    Central Texans who love their Girl Scout cookies will be paying the same price for the treat as last year. While some areas in the country have found it necessary to raise their prices, the Girl Scouts of Central Texas will be maintaining the same price as in the 2015 sale.

    The sale of Girl Scout cookies, which supports programming and girls' goals of attending camp, traveling, or participating in a myriad of activities and events, begins in January. Cookie prices will remain at $4 per box for traditional cookies, including the beloved Thin Mints and Samoas, and $5 per box for the very popular gluten-free option, Toffee-Tastics.

    Since 1922, the Girl Scout Cookie program has offered girls the opportunity to run their own businesses while learning important skills such as goal setting, decision making, money management, and business ethics, all competencies that will serve them well throughout their lives. Through the cookie program, a girl as young as five-years-old can become an entrepreneur and be a part of the worlds largest girl-run business.

    The 2016 season begins January 20, 2016 and will run through February 26, 2016. Girls will be out asking you to support their efforts to grow into leaders of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.

    About the Girl Scouts of Central Texas:

    Girl Scouts of Central Texas is the premier leadership organization serving 16,500 girls in grades K-12...



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  • A Note from Lynelle - October


    Eagle One landed once again in GSCTX! We were honored to welcome our fearless leader and GSUSA CEO, Anna Maria Chávez, to her second visit to our council. Anna met with Area 3 Girl Scouts at the Bryan/College Station Scout House and made a special television appearance on KBTV with Girl Scout Lindsey M. to talk about the impact of Girl Scouts throughout the Central Texas community. You can watch the TV segment here and check out pictures of Anna’s visit to the Bryan Scout House here. A special thank you to Sandra Trainor and Chelsea Denning.

    We hope you are enjoying the new Trefoil Tuesday emails with all of the latest information in your area sent out by our mission delivery teams. It’s just one more way we are working to improve our communications. Click here to sign up.

    I’ve received some great, candid feedback on how difficult it is to be a new troop leader. A big shout out to Jennifer, Walnut Creek Service Unit Director, for her feedback! Our council volunteer Loss Prevention Committee has implemented many changes, including Money Manager training, which has resulted in a significant reduction of troop debt. Now that process is being made ea...



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  • A Note from Lynelle - September


    It’s a new program year and we are excited about all the possibilities this year will bring to make your Girl Scout’s experience even better! Thank you to the hundreds of girls, parents and volunteers who made their voices heard in our first Girl Scouts Voices Count surveyI spent hours reading your responses and combing through the data. (My inner engineer loves data!) Your feedback was aligned with our priorities: keep it fun for the girls, make it easier to volunteer, improve the quality and consistency of our Girl Scout programming, and provide additional support for our new troop leaders.

    Our council is made stronger through our outstanding community partners. For more than two years, we’ve partnered exclusively with Wells Fargo to bring our girls a fun, engaging and high-quality Financial Literacy program. Through the Wells Fargo Hands on Banking® website, troops can earn a Wells Fargo Financial Literacy patch and tour a local branch or have a Wells Fargo speaker come out to help lead your troop on their patch activity! Check the website or Girl Scouts Calendar for Area 4 events in the fall, Area 3 events in the spring, and coming soon to San Angelo! Thank you Wells Fargo, for he...



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  • A Note from Lynelle - August


    It’s back-to-school and back-to-troop time!

    Congratulations to all our troops and service units who worked so hard to make sure we met our Early Bird registration goal of 5000 girls. Not only did we meet it, we beat it! Congratulations to all the Early Bird winners and thank you for all your hard work.

    While we are recruiting new volunteers, we thought it would be a fun way to recognize our male Girl Scout volunteers with a new social media campaign, Are You Man Enough to be a Girl Scout? #manenough.  We want the men in our movement to step up with their pictures and stories. A lot of people still don’t know that a guy can be a Girl Scout volunteer so help us get the word out. It’s fun, it’s easy, and with your help, it will go viral!

    With a new program year comes a new program calendar. Check out all the new offerings on our website and plan your year. To help you, our events calendar can be searched by age level, interest and area. Once you have your list, print and take to your next meeting. If you need more detailed information, you can go to eBiz and search that calendar with more detailed filters.

    Talk...



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  • Girl Scouts of Central Texas Accepting Conference Participants and Sponsors


    San Angelo, TX August 18th, 2015 - At Girl Scouts of Central Texas (GSCTX), we’re all about leaders- both girl and adult leaders. We want to empower our members to grow in confidence, courage and character, so we’ve partnered with Oneness of Life Productions to host the first ever AWE Conference. It is the mission of this conference to honor and empower all women so that they may grow their leadership skills.

    This one-day conference aims to provide authentic empowerment for women in a one-day conference setting. Early Bird registration is open now, and savings can total $100.

    Participants will leave the conference with the tools to navigate difficult conversations and road blocks in the way of their dreams. Early Bird pricing doesn’t last long, so get your ticket at that price today!

    What: Authentic Women Empowerment Conference

    When: Thursday, November 5, 2015

    Where: Clarion Hotel, San Angelo

    Who: Open to any woman who wants to be authentically empowered in leadership

    Pricing: Early Bird (ends Sept. 1)                              $249

                Advanced Ticket                   ...



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  • Girl Scouts of Central Texas Welcomes New COO


    Austin, TX August 3rd, 2015 -- Girl Scouts of Central Texas (GSCTX) is thrilled to announce Kenya Johnson will join our leadership team as Chief Operating Officer (COO) effective August 10, 2015. Kenya is a proven visionary whose enthusiasm, passion and leadership experience will undoubtedly help guide GSCTX as we constantly evolve to meet the needs of today’s girl.

    As COO, Kenya will be responsible for the leadership of our critical mission delivery, specifically in the areas of recruiting girls and volunteers and providing engaging programming for those members. She will also oversee the planning and implementation for GSCTX’s camps. As a member of the council executive team, she will work closely with CEO Lynelle McKay and other team members in the process of setting strategic direction and translating the vision and goals set by the council’s Board of Directors into operation strategies and actions. In short, Kenya will ensure that Girl Scouting is an awesome experience for each and every one of our more than 30,000 members.

    “Kenya recognizes the critical role Girl Scouts plays in building young women of courage, confidence and character, who are working to make the world a better place,” said GSCTX CEO Lynelle McKay. “We are proud that she will continue her legacy of providing exemplary team leadership with our council.”

    Kenya comes to GSCTX from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services where she was a training specialist and...



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  • Girl Scouts of Central Texas Calling for Duck Adopters, Paddlers, and Canoe Sponsors


    San Angelo, TX July 23rd, 2015 - It doesn’t have to be summer for you to make a splash! Join Girl Scouts of Central Texas on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at the 25th Annual Race on the River. This year’s race is part of River Fest and is the perfect celebration of community and camaraderie alongside the beautiful Concho River in downtown San Angelo.

    Registration is open now, so get your paddles ready and sign up as an individual, round up some buddies and make a team, or donate through a corporate sponsorship. Contact Donna Brosh, donnab@gsctx.org for sponsorship information or to adopt a duck.

    “This is our 25th anniversary and we are looking forward to the excitement of watching competitors give their all to make it across the finish line,” said GSCTX CEO, Lynelle McKay. “Race on the River is also a great way for the community to come together to support girl leadership, while encouraging teamwork and competition.”

    Don’t forget to sign up for the Rubber Duck Race. A year’s worth of bragging rights and a seriously cool prize are on the line for the owner of the first duck to complete the course.

    About Girl Scouts of Central Texas:

    Girl Scouts of Central Texas is the premier leadership organization serving 17,500 girls in grades K-12 with a partnership base of nearly 13,000 adult volunteers in 46 Central Texas counties. Headquartered in Austin, Girl Scouts of...



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  • Girl Scouts of Central Texas Responds to #WhatWomenAsk


    Girl Scouts of Central Texas (GSCTX) stands in solidarity with the women and men working to uphold Austin’s reputation of being a city that embraces diversity. However, the statements made in the March 27th city council training session highlights the steps yet to be taken toward equality.

    This is why, after 103 years, the work being done at GSCTX, and at councils across the country, remains relevant. Girl Scouts works towards the day where female leadership is celebrated, not questioned. When women in leadership roles are questioned, as if they don’t belong, it is crucial to model to young women the value of recognizing their strengths, passions and talents. GSCTX believes in the power of girls and is committed to building girls of courage, confidence and character, whether it be in the classroom, at home, or on a city council.

    GSCTX looks forward to continuing our legacy of celebrating girls and encouraging their journey in becoming tomorrow’s leaders.

     

    About the Girl Scouts of Central Texas:

    Girl Scouts of Central Texas is 17,500 girls and nearly 13,000 volunteers strong. Serving 46 Central Texas counties and headquartered in Austin, Girl Scouts of Central Texas has service centers in Brownwood, College Station, Killeen, San Angelo, Stephenville, Temple and Waco. Through fun, outcomes-based leadership adventures, girls discover their own potential, connect with others and take action to improve their communities...



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  • We want to hear from YOU!


    Tell us about your experience with Girl Scouts this year!

    This spring, Girl Scouts of the USA is introducing a new survey called “Girl Scout Voices Count” and our council will be participating.

    There will be versions for girls, parents, and volunteers—so we can get an idea of what the year was like for everyone.

    Here’s what you need to know:

    Girls: Your chance to tell us about your experience starts May 11. To participate, you need to sign up for the Girl Scout Voices survey panel. If you are 13 or older, you can sign yourself up here: www.GirlScoutVoices.org! If you are 12 or younger, ask your parents to sign you up.

    Parents: Look for an email that tells you how to sign your daughter up for the Girl Scout Voices survey panel. We also want to hear from you and will be inviting you to participate in a parent/guardian survey starting June 1.

    Volunteers: Your opportunity to give feedback will begin June 1. In a few weeks, we’ll be sending you an invitation to participate via email, but you can also keep an eye on our social media feeds for information on when to participate.


    We can’t wait to hear what you have to say!

    Got questions? Can’t find the email with the survey invitation? Feel free to get in touch with us at ...



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  • Girl Scout Receives President’s Volunteer Service Award


    Jillian Neutzler, a Dripping Springs Girl Scout and 8th grader at Dripping Springs Middle School, has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA).

    The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. Girl Scouts of Central Texas (GSCTX) nominated Jillian for national honors this spring in recognition of her volunteer service.

    Jillian operates in the spirit of helping others with service. She plays bingo nearly every Sunday with the residents of Stonebridge Rehabilitation Center; she is a member of the National Charity League, which specializes in doing philanthropy work through mother-daughter teams; and is a volunteer at her church.  Last year, Jillian contributed over 100 hours of community service at different sites in Austin through her affiliation with the Austin Chapter of the National Charity League. She has also done volunteer work as a counselor at the Austin Art Garage, helping both kids and adults create art.

    “Today’s Girl Scout does so much more than cookies, crafts, and camping,” said Lynelle McKay, CEO for GSCTX. “She is a champion for social change in her community. She strives to meet the needs of the world around her. She is a caring and compassionate leader among her peers. We ar...



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  • Girl Scout Receives President’s Volunteer Service Award


    Madeleine Munford, a Girl Scout and senior at Westlake High School, has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award.

    The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. Girl Scouts of Central Texas (GSCTX) nominated Madeleine for national honors this spring in recognition of her volunteer service.

    Madeleine received the award because of her volunteer work with Mobile Loaves and Fishes.  Once a month, she goes out on the truck to serve the homeless around Austin.

    “For years, I’d watched the faces light up as we handed them food and clothing items,” Munford said. “For my Girl Scout Gold Award, I chose to collect as many socks as possible and donate them to Mobile Loaves and Fishes. I ended up donating over 400 pairs of socks, and started a social media awareness campaign of the cause.”

    “Today’s Girl Scout does so much more than cookies, crafts, and camping,” said Lynelle McKay, CEO for GSCTX. “Madeleine is a prime example of that. She is a champion for social change in her community. She strives to meet the needs of the world around her. She is a caring and compassionate leader among her peers. We are proud of Madeleine for earning the President’s Volunteer Service Award.”

    The Prudential Spi...



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  • Girl Genius STEM Fest Offers Exclusive Hands-On STEM Education for Girls


    Waco, TX, March 25th 2015 – Thanks to the 2015 Girl Genius STEM Fest, 184 girls from across Central Texas got a glimpse into STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers in ways they haven’t seen before. The conference, which was held on Saturday at Texas State Technical College (TSTC), provided girls with the ability to experience STEM careers through hands-on projects with area STEM educators and college students.

    Girls attended four hands-on workshops ranging in topics from welding to respiratory therapy to industrial culinary arts to computer coding.

    “Girl Scouts is proud to offer this conference and introduce girls to a variety of STEM fields, many of them underrepresented by women,” said Lynelle McKay, CEO of Girl Scouts of Central Texas (GSCTX). “Girl Genius allows girls to see how STEM careers can be achievable, meaningful, and relevant in their everyday lives. It’s important for us to empower girls to explore all their options, especially in lucrative STEM careers.”

    “The most important aspect of Girl Genius is that we give the girls a chance to explore and engage, alongside peers, mentors, role models, and educators that they can relate to.  We have to make the STEM experience equitable for girls, and that means giving them a chance to connect with a community that sees the importance, now and in the future, of their STEM education.  What better way to accomplish this than to have educational and commun...



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  • Girl Scouts Celebrates Birthday at the State Capitol


    Austin, TX, March 13th, 2015 – Girl Scouts is 103 years old! And to celebrate, Girl Scouts took over the State Capitol, with a breakfast reception for female legislators, a pinning ceremony for Honorary Troop 1920, proclamations in both the House and Senate, and delivery of cookies to all the legislative offices.

    Girls Scouts of Central Texas (GSCTX) along with Girl Scout representatives from across the state and from the national board of Girl Scouts of the USA, hosted a breakfast reception for female legislators and advocacy training for Girl Scouts yesterday at the State Capitol. This event was held in celebration of Girl Scout Week, the week of March 12, which is the birthday of Girl Scouting. Female legislators enjoyed breakfast with Girl Scouts and showed their support for the leadership training at the heart of the Girl Scout program. Representatives from five the seven Girl Scout councils in Texas attended and met with state legislators. Carri Baker Wells, member of the National Board of Girl Scouts of the USA, was in attendance and introduced participants to some of Girl Scouts’ advocacy priorities, which include encouraging healthy living opportunities for girls, promoting economic opportunities for girls, fostering global citizenship and voice for girls, and supporting a strong nonprofit community and Girl Scout experience.

    A proclamation was presented on the floor of the House Chamber by Representative Celia Israel and a Senate P...



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  • Girl Scouts Kick Off Cookie Season


    Austin, TX January 20th, 2015 – Girl Scouts of Central Texas are excited to announce the kick-off for cookie season on Wednesday, January 21. They can’t wait to give central Texans their first taste of this year’s cookies! The world’s largest girl-led business—the nearly $800-million cookie program—aims to teach girls five essential life skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, business ethics, and people skills. Last year across central Texas, over 10,000 Girl Scouts sold 2,146,392 boxes of, raising $8.6 million dollars in Cookie sales.

    The sale begins with girls taking orders from friends and family. Don’t know a Girl Scout? Don’t despair! Cookie fans can stock up on their favorite cookies at booths outside neighborhood restaurants and shops. Girl Scouts will have the traditional mouth-watering Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Do-si-dos and Trefoils, in addition to Savannah Smiles (a lemon-flavored cookie), and two new cookies: Rah-Rah Raisins (an oatmeal raisin cookie), and Toffee-tastic (the new Gluten-free cookie).

    “The Girl Scout Cookie Program is more than just exchanging cookies for money,” said Lynelle McKay, CEO of Girl Scouts of Central Texas. “Where else do girls have the fun and excitement of being young entrepreneurs and money managers that will help them build a lifetime of skills and confidence?”

    Except for the cost of cookies, all funds raised go toward girl programming, financial assistance for girls, a...



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  • Girl Scouts of Central Texas and Samsung Launch First-Ever STEM Challenge


    Girl Scouts of Central Texas and Samsung Launch First-Ever STEM Challenge
    GSCTX and Samsung unite to challenge Central Texas girls to engineer a solution for water conservation.

    Austin, TX September 13, 2014 – Girl Scouts from all over Central Texas now have their eyes on becoming innovators regarding environmental engineering and water conservation. Samsung Austin Semiconductor is the underwriting sponsor for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Challenge for Girl Scouts of Central Texas (GSCTX). The Challenge is Samsung-inspired and urges girls to think creatively to conserve and efficiently use water with the plan for a sustainable future. GSCTX, along with girls from across 46 counties have stepped up to the plate to put on their thinking caps so that they may live the Samsung motto of ‘inspiring the world, and creating the future.’  

    We want encourage and challenge you to speak up, to dream big, and to think outside the box,” GSCTX CEO Lynelle McKay told the over 200 girls in attendance. “You are our next generation of engineers and we are looking to you to be innovative and courageous.”

    Throughout this 6-week challenge, Girl Scouts in grades 4-12 will work in teams with mentors from Samsung to devise solutions for water conservation. They will build models of the Samsung facility exemplifying the use of water in the same fashion that Samsung does.

    ”These girls are so smart,” said Charmaine Win...



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  • Girl Scouts Texas Councils Recognize Gold Award Girls at State Capitol


    Girl Scouts Texas Councils Recognize Gold Award Girls at State Capitol 
    Girl Scouts of Central Texas recognizes its Gold Award Girls in one of the biggest events of the year

    Austin, TX June 16th, 2014 – On Saturday, June 14th, Girl Scouts of Central Texas (GSCTX), along with the 6 other Girl Scouts Councils from Texas, recognized some of their most remarkable girls with the highest honor in the Girl Scouting world—the Gold Award. The event took place at the Texas State Capitol and was without a doubt one of the most important moments in those Girl Scouts’ life paths. The Gold Award was established in 1916 and is only open to girls in high school. In order to obtain a Gold Award, Girl Scouts need to identify a need within their community, develop a plan to address the issue at hand and execute it with long-term sustainability in mind. The time and effort that goes into a Gold Award requires incredible discipline and focus. After the project is done, the girls have learned important life lessons and skills which they will use in all future endeavors. The Gold Award is not given, it is earned.

    During Saturday’s ceremony, leadership and staff from all councils were present for this momentous occasion, as well as family members and friends of the Girl Scouts who were honored. Also in attendance were emcee Lauren Petrowski (FOX 7), and Lucy Nazro, author and former head of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. Lizz...



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