Sunday, April 19, 2015

Gold Award Spotlight: Run, Walk, Play

Girl Scout Ambassador Emily from Elizabeth City has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor and achievement in Girl Scouting. Emily has been a Girl Scout for 12 years and previously earned the Girl Scout Bronze and Silver Awards.

For her project, Emily addressed the need for an outdoor space for dogs at the SPCA of Northeastern North Carolina. She created five trails for staff and volunteers to use to exercise the dogs. Although the SPCA used to have trails, they were not properly maintained and were no longer functional. After creating the new trails, Emily arranged for local scouting troops to maintain them so they can be enjoyed for years to come.

“I chose this project because I care a lot about dogs,” Emily said. “At most shelters, dogs don’t have a place to be walked so they end up sitting in a cage all day. I wanted to make sure the dogs would have a place to exercise outside before being adopted.”

The Gold Award requires girls to identify an issue in their community and carry-out a Take Action project to address the matter through leadership work. Nationwide, less than 6 percent of eligible Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award, which adds Emily to an elite group of female leaders across the country with the honor.