Thursday, May 30, 2019

Gold Award Girl Scouts recognized by VFW

Becoming a Gold Award Girl Scout allows girls to take advantage of opportunities in their communities that they may not have had the chance to experience otherwise. From entering the military one rank higher to earning college scholarships, going for Gold sets girls up for a lifetime of achievement.

Girl Scout Krysta
with VFW Virginia State Commander
Ken Wiseman
Recently, three of our Gold Award Girl Scouts were recognized by their local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) posts as Scout of the Year. Because of their dedication to the community through their Gold Award projects, all three girls were also recognized with Scout of the Year awards within Virginia's VFW District 2. Read more below.

Girl Scout Ambassador Krysta, who used her Gold Award project to raise awareness of the endangered horse species, the Colonial Spanish Mustang, was awarded Scout of the Year for VFW Post 8545 in Smithfield. Krysta also received first place in the district.

Girl Scout Lea
with VFW Post 2894 Commander
Chris Mulholland
Girl Scout Ambassador Lea used her Gold Award to establish a recycling program for oyster shells from local restaurants in her community. With the help of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Lea created a sustainable system for the shells to be returned to the bay to create reefs to help the oyster population grow. Lea earned Scout of the Year recognition for VFW Post 2894 in Chesapeake and took second place in the district.

Girl Scout Ambassador Kaylee used her Gold Award project to help students in her community talk with their parents and guardians about mental health. She created labeled bookshelves and stocked them full of pamphlets to generate conversation about the topic. Kaylee earned the title of Scout of the Year for VFW Post 4809 in Norfolk and placed third in the district.
Girl Scout Kaylee
with VFW Post 4809 Commander
Scott Bannon

Every year, Gold Award Girl Scouts are eligible to apply for the VFW Scout of the Year program which gives them the chance to earn scholarship money. For more information on the program or to find your local VFW post, click here.