Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay Council congratulates 20 teen Girl Scouts for earning the Girl Scout Gold Award. By earning the award, they have become community leaders. Their accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set them apart. Only about 5 percent of Girl Scouts achieve this designation.
"Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award designation is truly a remarkable achievement, and these young women exemplify leadership in all its forms," said Anne T. Hogan, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay. "They saw a need in their communities and around the world, and took action. Their extraordinary dedication, perseverance, and leadership are making the world a better place."
These young ladies will be recognized at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 1, at the On My Honor: A Celebration of Achievement event at Smyrna High School.
The keynote speaker will be Ashley Bosché, an attorney at Cockey, Brennan & Maloney, P.C. in Salisbury, Md. She is president of the Lower Eastern Shore Women’s Bar Association, a member of Wicomico County Bar Association and Maryland Employment Lawyers Association, and vice chair of the Delmarva Zoological Society. Bosché is a member of the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay Lower Shore Advisory Council and co-chair for the Lower Shore Women of Distinction. This year, Bosché, on behalf of the Lower Eastern Shore Women’s Bar Association, partnered with Girl Scouts for an event called Law Day, which taught girls about equality.
Also recognized will be Girl Scouts achieving the Girl Scout Silver and Bronze awards, graduating high school seniors, and 10- and 13-year Girl Scouts. About 1,000 guests, including the girls honored, are expected to attend.
Among the honorees is Kara Carmean of Georgetown. Carmean worked with Canine Cabin, a local grooming, boarding and training business, and Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary to create Homes for Homeless Hounds, an event to educate the public on how to care for dogs and encourage adoptions.
Blake Fritz of Georgetown is also a recipient. Fritz’s project Recycle Your Run-off, Build a Rain Garden, worked with DNREC to build a rain garden at her church, making the area more beautiful, attracting birds and butterflies, and benefiting the community because the collected water is filtered naturally by the soil and plants. The rain garden recharges groundwater supplies and protects streams from flooding as well as enhancing pollution control.
The Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting; it recognizes girls in grades nine through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to go gold, an act that indelibly marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. armed forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.
To learn more about Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay, visit www.GSCB.org or call 1-800-341-4007 or 1-800-374-9811.