LINCOLN —The Gold Award, the highest award earned in Girl Scouts, has been achieved by 29 Girl Scouts in Nebraska.
This prestigious award is comparable to the Boy Scouts’ Eagle Scout Award. On June 2, one of five celebrations will be held at the State Capitol Rotunda in Lincoln.
Celebrations will also be held in Columbus, Grand Island, Ogallala and Omaha.
“To acquire the Gold Award is no small task. It requires a minimum of 80 hours of work in planning and implementing the project,” said Fran Marshall, CEO, Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska.
“More than 2,300 hours of community service have been completed by the 29 Girl Scouts earning their Gold Award this year.”
The project’s hours must be completed by the girl. Although it is encouraged that the girl has troop members and others from the community to help her, their time does not count towards her 80 hour requirement.
Plans must be developed with the aid of an advisor, and then a project proposal must be submitted and approved by the girl's local council before starting the project.
A final report is given after the project's completion.
The range of projects varied from holding welding classes to make fire rings and benches for Crete Day Camp to creating a school garden that will tie in with science curriculum in Lincoln.
Among the 2012 recipients will be Rebecca Beckler and Ashley Ryan of Friend and Jessica Price of Beaver Crossing.