Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Kiara Baxter of GSCCC Chosen as National Gold Award Girl Scout!

We have an amazing announcement- Girl Scouts USA has released the 2020 National Gold Award Girl Scouts and Kiara Baxter a GSCCC Gold Award Girl Scout was one of the ten Girl Scouts selected! 

The 2020 National Gold Award Girl Scouts will receive a combined $100,000 in college scholarships from Susan Bulkeley Butler, founder of a women’s leadership development organization and a former member of the Girl Scouts of the USA Board of Directors. The Kappa Delta Foundation and Arconic Foundation also each generously contributed $50,000 in college scholarships for a total of $20,000 in scholarships awarded to each National Gold Award Girl Scout!

Kiara Baxter was a Girl Scout for 12 years, is a graduate of Cape Henry Collegiate School in Virginia Beach and is a freshman at Virginia Tech studying creative writing. She earned her Gold Award by implementing a Gold Award project, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Community Garden, where she designed and built a community garden that provided hundreds of pounds of food to serve local families experiencing food insecurity.

She constructed raised garden beds at Messiah Methodist Church in Chesapeake that are wheelchair accessible and used her creativity to upcycle an old newspaper holder into a garden box where she placed information about her garden and instructions on gardening. She partnered with the Southeastern Virginia Training Center to recruit volunteers and to provide a garden where students could "grow" their knowledge as well as vegetables. . Kiara also added a caterpillar herb garden and a cinder block bench so visitors could enjoy the herb garden and be in nature comfortably. 

Her community garden was so successful that she was able to expand eight rows of vegetables behind her raised garden beds. Kiara was able to donate hundreds of pounds of food to Healthy Chesapeake! Her project has been passed along to be sustained by Troop 15 of Chesapeake as their Silver Award project, and students from the Southeastern Training Center will continue to volunteer!

More about Kiara’s project here-

Congratulations, Kiara!

Join us Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 4PM EST, for the can’t-miss party to celebrate the International Day of the Girl where you can meet changemakers like Kiara!


Nobody celebrates the world-changing power of girls quite like Girl Scouts! Join GSUSA Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 4PM EST, for the can’t-miss party to celebrate the International Day of the Girl!

Meet the 2020 National Gold Award Girl Scouts—ten girls just like you and who’ve changed the world while still in high school. Find out how they earned the top award in Girl Scouting and the $20,000 college scholarship that goes along with it.

If you’re a world changer who’s earned the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award, upload a picture of you or your troop and you could be featured during the event.

The first 1,000 currently registered Girl Scouts who sign up and attend the event will get a FREE exclusive world changer patch to wear with pride.

Register for the event here.