Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) is pleased to announce that Cecelia Cowell from Red Bud has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive.
For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, called Got Safety?, Cecelia addressed the issue of safety in her community, but more importantly increased community members’ knowledge of what to do in emergency situations. As part of her project, she helped implement information on the Yellow Dot Program for Red Bud. Cecelia helped to educate citizens and make them more aware of safety responses by speaking to various groups and distributing safety information at various community events. “Even if one person is saved by my Girl Scout Gold Award project, then I know I have made a major difference,” Cecelia said.
Cecelia is the daughter of Sandra Cowell and the late Harold Cowell. She is a 2016 graduate of Red Bud High School and has been a Girl Scout for 13 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 5 percent of eligible girls earn the prestigious Gold Award.