Monday, June 20, 2016

Congratulations to all who earned Girl Scouting’s Highest Awards!

As another Girl Scout year comes to a close, I want to take a moment to congratulate all of the Girl Scouts throughout Connecticut who have aspired and inspired others in their communities as they earned Girl Scouting’s highest awards: Bronze, Silver, and Gold.

In Girl Scouting, girls have the opportunity to discover who they are, their values, and use their experiences, knowledge and skills to explore the world around them; they connect with others who share the same vision and values; and take action in their communities to make the world a better place.

The Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest award that can be earned by a Girl Scout Junior. By earning this award, girls have made a promise to help others, improve their communities and become the best young citizens they can be. It’s always incredible to see what girls can do—like collecting food and clothing for others in need, helping out at a local animal shelter, or beautifying a local park in their town.

The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award that can be earned by a Girl Scout Cadette. By earning this award, girls not only strengthen their skills and abilities, but they are learning about improving their communities and taking action, whether it is building a bench at a local state park, raising awareness about allergies and how to address an allergic reaction, and more. The older the girls get, the more in awe I am of all that they do to make meaningful changes in our world.

The highest award a Girl Scout can earn, the Gold Award, is an incredible and prestigious honor. An award with national standards, the Gold Award represents an individual's accomplishments, leadership, commitment, creativity, and personal effort contributed to make a sustainable, positive impact on their community. This year we are celebrating the Gold Award Centennial and a record number of 86 Girl Scouts across the state who earned their Gold this year!

To all girls who earned the highest awards: congratulations. And to all girls who are aspiring to earn their awards: keep at it! You are joining a group of incredibly accomplished young women who bring passion and purpose to their communities. I hope that you feel as proud as I do of what you have accomplished and also cherish the friendships and lessons you have learned through Girl Scouting.

Thank you for all that you do; you make our futures brighter by holding up half the sky.

Yours in Girl Scouting,

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