Congratulations to Kendall DeTora who received final approval for the Girl Scout Gold Award yesterday. Kendall is a Senior at Enterprise High School who has been member of Girl Scouts since she was in 1st grade. She had previously earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award and the Girl Scout Silver Award, and now she has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn.
For the final step in earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, Kendall created the Gold Garden Project, an education plan to teach others about the importance of supporting pollinator populations. The centerpiece of her project was a large pollinator garden on the front lawn of Green Hill. The garden was certified as both a Wildlife Habitat and a Monarch Waystation.
The Girl Scout Gold Award (originally named the Golden Eagle of Merit) is the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn. The Gold Award is earned by fewer than 6% of Girl Scouts annually. This prestigious award represents a Girl Scout’s dedication and commitment to Girl Scouting and to her community. Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award requires hard work and a willingness to take on significant responsibility. For many, the leadership and organizational skills and sense of community and commitment that come from earning the Gold Award set the foundation for a lifetime of active citizenship. Girl Scouts who earn the Gold Award distinguish themselves in the college admissions process, earning college scholarships, entering the military one rank higher, and, of course, in job interviews. The Gold Award project takes a minimum of 80 hours to complete.