2012-07-26 / Lifestyles

Aldrich achieves ‘Gold’


Jill Johnson, Girl Scout community development manager, recently presented Emily Aldrich with her Girl Scout Gold Award, which is the highest award in Girl Scouts. 
Pioneer Tribune photo Jill Johnson, Girl Scout community development manager, recently presented Emily Aldrich with her Girl Scout Gold Award, which is the highest award in Girl Scouts. Pioneer Tribune photo MANISTIQUE – The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest and most prestigious award that Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors can earn and is the highest award in Girl Scouts. Someone once described the Girl Scout Gold Award as being “what you really want to be remembered for” in Girl Scouting.

For many, the leadership skills, organizational skills, and sense of community and commitment that come from “going for the Gold” set the foundation for a lifetime of active citizenship. Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award requires hard work and the willingness to challenge oneself by taking on significant responsibilities. By earning Girl Scouting’s highest award, you are expressing a special commitment to yourself, your community, your work, and your future. Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award symbolizes outstanding accomplishments in the areas of leadership, career planning, community service, and personal development.

Only about five percent of eligible girls take the rigorous path towards earning this prestigious award, but those who complete the journey change the lives of others and their own in amazing and significant ways. The roots of the Girl Scout Gold Award are in the history of the organization whose tradition of the highest leadership awards for Girl Scouts have included: Golden Eagle of Merit (1916-1919), Golden Eagle (1919- 1938), First Class (1938-1982), and Curved Bar (1940-1980).

Recently, Manistique Area Girl Scout Ambassador, Emily Aldrich, earned her Girl Scout Gold Award. For her project, Aldrich scripted, casted, recorded and published a series of public service announcements focusing on positive self-image. These PSA’s were played on Channel One at the Manistique High School throughout the school year.

Fulfilling the requirements for the Girl Scout Gold Award starts with completing two Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador Journeys or having earned the Silver Award and completing one Senior or Ambassador Journey.

Each Journey completed gives her the skills she needs to plan and implement her Take Action project. After the Journey requirement is fulfilled, 80 hours is the suggested minimum hours to complete the award.

Emily is a 2012 graduate of Manistique High School and is the daughter of Richard and Beth Aldrich.

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