Madison File Earns Girl Scouts Highest Honor

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont is pleased to announce that Madison File, Denver, has earned her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.


File, daughter of Tony and Lisa File and a member of Girl Scout Troop 20436, developed ‘READY-SET-STAY’, an interactive app that offers fun and engaging activities for children during the Covid-19 pandemic. The app includes tasty recipes, arts and crafts projects, science experiments, travel games, and much more! Each category has multiple ideas listed that offer engaging activities during this time of quarantine or on a lazy Saturday when your family wants to try something new. The ‘READY-SET-STAY’ app also offers an English and Spanish version, which allows more accessibility to a wider range of people.

The Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting, recognizing girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. Each girl must dedicate a minimum of 80 hours to planning and carrying out her project, which must benefit the community and have long lasting impact.

“Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award designation is truly a remarkable achievement. It is the culmination of so many things- from a girl’s self-discipline and leadership abilities to time management and the creativity, initiative, and mastery of skills it takes to complete these kinds of projects,” said Lane Cook, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont. “Every girl who earns this prestigious award is making a difference not only in her community but her own life as well. The skills gained through the Gold Award process are ones that will be used often in her future endeavors.”

Started in 1916 as the Golden Eaglet, thousands of Girl Scouts earn the Girl Scout Gold Award each year. Earning the Gold Award opens doors to scholarships, preferred admission tracks for college, and amazing career opportunities—as well as skills that set girls up for success, like strategic thinking, communication, collaboration, problem-solving, and time management.

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