Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont is pleased to announce that Emma Hughlett, Gastonia, has earned her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.
Hughlett, daughter of Richard and Lisa Hughlett and a member of Girl Scout Troop 20002, partnered with The Lighthouse: Children’s Advocacy Center to bring some much needed happiness and celebration to the children at this facility. To start, she tie-dyed 75 shirts and collected 562 stuffed animals for children to have when they initially come to the center for support. She also helped support the initiative Kara’ Kloset, a program at the center that helps to remove trauma triggers from a child’s house or room so they can have a fresh start, by redecorating three rooms and funding three future project. She also collected party supplies that the center will use and created a social media campaign to help further the message of the National Children’s Advocacy Center.
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 kind 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.