Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Haley Gregson From Waterloo Earns the Girl Scout Gold Award

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

For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, called Growing For Faith, Haley built a flower bed at Camp Wartburg Lutheran Retreat in Waterloo. As part of her project, Haley first bricked the edges, then planted bright and colorful perennial plants and finally mulched the area.  

“I hope my Girl Scout Gold Award project will make a positive impact on Camp Wartburg campers,” Haley said. “I used plants that are native to the Monroe County region. Through this project, I learned to never give up and that effort is the key to success,” she added.

Haley is the daughter of George and Beth Gregson from Waterloo. She is currently a senior at Waterloo High School. She has been a Girl Scout for 11 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.