Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) is pleased to announce that Bethany Carrillon from Carlyle has received the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive.
For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, called Basement Redo, Bethany wanted to make the basement of the Sorento Presbyterian Church a more efficient and functional space for the parishoners and community members to use and enjoy. She wanted to turn this underused space in a big, beautiful church into an area that is more suitable for dinners and meetings. By performing some needed repairs and maintenance, plus painting and decorating, Bethany was able to convert the dreary basement into a more useable and appealing space.
Through her Girl Scout Gold Award project, Bethany gained valuable leadership skills that she’ll be able to use throughout her life. “I have learned that not everything will go as planned. But, with good critical thinking, you can figure out a way to make it all work out better than you expected it to turn out,” states Bethany.
Bethany is the daughter of Dean and Julie Carrillon. She is currently a junior with A Beka Academy. Upon graduation, Bethany plans to attend Greenville College where she will major in Youth Ministry.
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 5 percent of eligible girls earn the prestigious Gold Award.