Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Elizabeth Arend from Highland Earns the Girl Scout Gold Award

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Arend from Highland has received the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. 

For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, called CAMP – Collect, Acquisition, Make and Provide, Elizabeth improved Camp Torqua cabins that girls use for outdoor experiences. She painted and re-stained cabins, made 70 curtains and curtain rods for cabin windows and had old electrical light sockets replaced with flat electrical covers. In addition, she planned and supervised the framing, stoning and pouring of a concrete slab under the Pumpkin Patch pavilion.

 “During my Girl Scout Gold Award project, I learned how to be patient with others, how to better manage time, people and resources to successfully complete my project,” Elizabeth said.

Elizabeth is the daughter of Ronald and Kathy Arend from Highland. She is currently a junior at Highland High School. She has been a Girl Scout of 12 years.

 The Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn, recognizes a Girl Scout's commitment to excellence as she develops skills and values to meet present and future challenges in her life. To earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, a Girl Scout Senior or Girl Scout Ambassador must design and carry out a project that fulfills a need within a girl’s community, creates change, and is sustainable. The project must be completed with a suggested minimum of 80 hours of work. Only about 6 percent of eligible girls earn the prestigious Gold Award.