Girl Scouts of Connecticut celebrate Gold Award Centennial
Girl Scouts of Connecticut is joining Girl Scout councils across the country to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Gold Award, the highest award a girl can earn in Girl Scouting. This year, 86 Girl Scouts across the state will earn the Gold Award — Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s highest number to date.
On June 5, from 2-4 p.m. at Naugatuck Valley Community College, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), official spokesperson for the Gold Award Centennial, will join Girl Scouts of Connecticut as the keynote speaker honoring the 86 Gold Awardees at the ceremony and reception.
Since 1916, approximately one million individuals have earned the Gold Award. The Girl Scout Gold Award, formerly known as the Golden Eaglet (1916-1939), Curved Bar Award (1940-1963), First Class (1963-1980), and the Gold Award from 1980 to present, has encouraged girls to make a meaningful, sustainable change in their communities and around the world. Since five separate Girl Scout councils merged into Girl Scouts of Connecticut in 2007, over 420 girls have earned this prestigious honor.
Throughout the year, Girl Scouts of Connecticut has hosted a number of events celebrating the Gold Award Centennial, including Lunch with Your Legislator at the end of April, where Silver and Gold Awardees met with their local legislators at the State Capitol to discuss issues, discussed their Take Action projects, pinned the Honorary Troop at the Capitol, and took a tour of the Supreme Court. This November, Girl Scouts of Connecticut will invite Gold Award Alumnae to a brunch where women can network and celebrate earning the highest achievement.
“We have been so fortunate to have Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro join us as we celebrate the Gold Award Centennial this year,” said Girl Scouts of Connecticut CEO Mary Barneby. “We are so thrilled to honor a record number of girls who have worked hard to create a lasting change in their communities to make the world a better place. We hope everyone can join us this year as we celebrate 100 Years of Changing the World!”
To learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award, visit gsofct.org/pages/GoldAward.php.
For more information about Girl Scouts of Connecticut, visit gsofct.org.
Below is the Gold Awardee list with number of girls from each town:
Beacon Falls 1; Berlin 2; Bethel 1; Bethlehem 1; Brookfield 7; Danbury 2; Darien 4 (two are sisters); Derby 1; East Granby 1; East Hartford 1; Easton 1; Enfield 1; Fairfield 5 (two are sisters); Farmington 2 (two sisters are earning their Gold Awards); Granby 1; Greenwich 3; Groton 1; Guilford 2; Killingworth 3; Lebanon 1; Lisbon 1; Madison 2; Marlborough 1; Milford 2 (two sisters are earning their Gold Awards); New Fairfield 3; Newington 1; Newtown 2; North Stonington 2; Orange 1; Ridgefield 7; Shelton 3; Sherman 1; Simsbury 2; South Windsor 4 (two are sisters); Southbury 4; Southport 1; Stamford 1; Trumbull 1; Wallingford 1; Waterford 1; Weston 1; Wilton 2; Woodbridge 1.