Milford, Orange Girl Scouts earn Gold Awards

Girl Scouts Meghan Warren of Milford and Clare Staib-Kaufman of Orange.

Girl Scouts Meghan Warren of Milford and Clare Staib-Kaufman of Orange.

MILFORD >> Girl Scouts Clare Staib-Kaufman, of Orange, and Meghan Warren, of Milford, have earned the Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn.

The Girl Scout Gold Award requires Girl Scouts grades 9-12 to spend at least 80 hours researching issues, assessing community needs and resources, building a team, and making a sustainable impact in the community.

A Gold Award recipient’s accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart as a community leader.

Nationally, only 6 percent of older Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award.

• Clare, for her Gold Award project, “Preserving Local History,” transcribed and digitized historical documents in her town, allowing Orange residents to build a connection with the town’s past residents.

The transcribed wills and personal inventories are available in printed form to visitors, and digital copies can be found on the historical society website for researchers even beyond the town.

Members of the historical society will also be able to enhance their presentations and tours with information from these documents. • Meghan addressed the need for a monarch butterfly resting spot by planting a pollinator-friendly garden.

She researched native plants to include, along with the butterflies’ favorite: milkweed. She gave a presentation at the local library to educate others about the importance of these insects and was interviewed by a local newspaper.

Meghan also created a brochure encouraging others to create a butterfly garden to increase the monarch habitat in her area, and her garden will continue to be cared for by the Lauralton Hall Environmental Club.

“I am beyond proud of our Girl Scouts as we celebrate another century of young women taking the lead and making a sustainable change in our communities,” said Mary Barneby, CEO of Girl Scouts of Connecticut.

“By earning the Gold Award, Girl Scouts set themselves apart as top achievers, and are incredible go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders. I can’t wait to see what they will accomplish in the future.”

Girl Scouts of Connecticut honored the 71 Girl Scouts in Connecticut who have achieved this honor on June 4.

For more information about the Gold Award or how to become a Gold Award volunteer or mentor, visit