Thursday, January 21, 2016

Celebrating 100 Years of Changing the World: The Gold Award Centennial

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro to join as spokesperson for year-long celebration!

What an exciting year we’ve had so far! On Tuesday, Girl Scouts of Connecticut staff, volunteers, and Girl Scout Gold Awardees gathered in our Girl Scouts of Connecticut Museum for a press conference to kick off our celebration of 100 Years of Changing the World—the Girl Scout Gold Award! We were also joined by United States Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro who will be our official spokesperson for the Gold Award Centennial!

We are excited to have Congresswoman DeLauro represent us as we celebrate girls and women who have and continue to take action and spark a sustainable change in their communities and make the world a better place. Congresswoman DeLauro is a fierce advocate for the advancement of women and girls, and we are grateful she will be on our team as we celebrate ten decades of Gold throughout 2016. Stay tuned for details of upcoming events.

We also heard from two incredible girls who are earning their Gold Award this year: Girl Scout Jenelle of Milford and Girl Scout Helen of Orange. During the press conference, Jenelle and Helen shared their Gold Award Projects, and spoke about how earning their Gold Award helped them become comfortable public speakers and emerging leaders in their communities. 

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest achievement a Girl Scout Senior and Ambassador can earn in Girl Scouting. Girls do not win this award, they earn it. Earning the Gold Award is truly a remarkable feat –less than 6% of all Girl Scouts earn the Girl Scout Gold Award. And you can directly see the results! A Girl Scout who has earned her Gold Award immediately raises one rank in any of the U.S. military branches. And, a growing number of colleges and universities across the country recognize the achievement of the Gold Award through college admission and scholarship.


I hope you will join us this year as we celebrate the Gold Award Centennial and highlight girls and women who have made meaningful and long lasting contributions to their communities and our world. To learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award and upcoming special events, you can visit gsofct.org/pages/goldaward.php. You can also visit our Facebook page to see more photos from the press conference!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Happy New Year: It's Girl Scout Cookie Time!

I hope you and your loved ones had a wonderful holiday! I wanted to write a quick note and welcome everyone to a new year filled with endless possibilities. This year at Girl Scouts of Connecticut, we will continue to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make their communities and our world a better place through our exciting and hands-on programming and much more!

As I’m sure you already know, it’s Girl Scout Cookie Time! Now, cookie lovers across the state can order their favorite Girl Scout Cookies from our girls in person or online! So, keep an eye out in your community for a local Girl Scout and ask her to tell you more about our iconic cookie program! The story behind each box of cookies is worth sharing. To find cookies near you, you can click on the Looking for Cookies button on our website. By purchasing a box of cookies, supporters are helping girls learn Five Skills: goal setting, money management, business ethics, people skills, and decision making. These skills are essential tools our girls can use now and into the future.

This month, we also kick off our year-long celebration of “100 Years of Changing the World” –the Girl Scout Gold Award’s Centennial. Since 1916, the Girl Scout Gold Award, also known as the Golden Eaglet, Curved Bar, or First Class, has been the highest award a girl can earn in Girl Scouting. Those who earn their Gold Award see their achievements recognized through scholarships from a number of colleges and universities across the country, job opportunities by highlighting the Gold Award in their college resumes, and through their rank in the U.S. military. We have many wonderful activities planned to commemorate ten decades of Going Gold, so stay tuned!

Happy New Year!

Yours in Girl Scouting,