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
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
Last summer, Redmond Girl Scout Julia Doherty sat down across the table from a role model of female leadership: Washington Representative Suzan DelBene.
It was part of Girl Scouts of the USA’s new video series, called Portraits in Leadership. Across the country, Girl Scouts like Julia met with their local congresswomen to learn about their individual leadership journeys and discover what inspired them to take on leadership roles! Read more
Last Thanksgiving, residents at the Cascade Park Vista assisted living facility stood waiting in the lobby, looking toward the front door.
Although it was the holiday, they weren’t spending it with loved ones—some didn’t have any family visitors coming at all.
But they didn’t have to wait long before Girl Scout Emily Schneider—all red hair and smiles—walked through the door with her very special fuzzy friend: Charlie, the therapy dog.
The dynamic duo was here for a holiday visit!