Over the last century, young women have honed their leadership skills to earn the highest award in Girl Scouts.
While this award has gone by many names—starting as the Golden Eaglet of Merit in 1916 and becoming the Gold Award in 1980—it’s always recognized girls who take action to make our world a better place. Gold Award earners do good work in our backyard, throughout our country and on the other side of the planet!
Now it’s time to celebrate the Gold Award Centennial—and we want you to join us!
Throughout the next Girl Scout membership year, we’ll throw parties and offer special activities for everyone to get involved. Here are just a few ways you can join the fun … Read more
This year, we honored 22 amazing Girl Scouts from western Washington at our Gold Award Gala—along with six of our sister Girl Scouts from eastern and southwest Washington and Idaho. Together, these young women dedicated thousands of hours to create change in their communities.
During the gala, Patty Murray—Washington state’s senior U.S. Senator—shared a message with our Highest Award earners. As Washington’s first female Senator and a Girl Scout alumnae, Senator Murray explained how Girl Scouts exposed her to ideas and possibilities she could never have imagined.
Please join Senator Patty Murray and all the Girl Scouts of Western Washington staff in congratulating these incredible young women! Read more
Andie Mitchell saw a need in her community and took action to improve it, but that’s just a small part of this Girl Scout’s journey.
Andie, a Bainbridge Island native, knew she wanted to complete her Gold Award—the highest award a Girl Scout can receive—but was unsure what her community needed. It was a meeting with the parks department that introduced her to rain gardens.
“When I started, I didn’t even know what a rain garden was, but now I’m a huge supporter of them,” Andie says.
She teamed up with the parks department and a local rain garden expert to convert a swampy, marshy area near the beach into a native plant oasis that would absorb water and filter pollutants from the road above. Read more
When Kaitlin Alayo started Girl Scouts in kindergarten, she had no idea it would eventually bring her to rural Peru—and change the way she sees the world.
This past January, Kaitlin Alayo stood in the middle of a dusty clinic in the rural outskirts of Cusco, Peru. She fiddled with one of the recycled hearing aids she’d brought with her from Redmond, working to get it properly fit on a young woman.
“She was pregnant and she was so excited to be getting the hearing aid—she’d never had one before—because she’d be able to hear her new baby cry for the very first time,” remembers Kaitlin.
It was moments like these that made Kaitlin’s Girl Scout Gold Award Project all worth it … Read more
Who’s Julia Doherty? Here are a few hints:
- She made it possible for 120 teens to become certified in CPR and First Aid each year.
- She interviewed Congresswoman Suzan Delbene.
- She is captain of the Redmond High School swim team.
- She just received the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
- She earned a full tuition scholarship to the University of Southern California.
And this one (which will probably give it away): She participated in the Girl Scout Leadership Institute at the 2014 Girl Scout National Convention in Salt Lake City.
The answer is clear: Julia Doherty is a Girl Scout! Read more
“I have a voice … I used mine to make an impact.”
– Girl Scout Sophie Knudson
When she was only 16 years old, Girl Scout Sophie Knudson discovered a fact that would change her life: around the world, a child dies every 60 seconds from malaria.
This was back in 2012, when Sophie was attending the Girls’ World Forum in Chicago. During five whirlwind days, Sophie learned about what it takes to be a global citizen, spoke with women and girls from across the planet, and got a crash course in the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals.
One of the Millennium Development Goals stuck with her: combating malaria and other easily-preventable diseases. So when she found out about the high rate of child mortality related to malaria, “there was no question of doing something or not,” Sophie states. Read more