Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont is pleased to announce that Dezarae Stone has earned her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.
Stone, daughter of Pamela and a member of Girl Scout Troop 41384, created the “Rising With Resilience” event to help women and young girls victimized by domestic violence realize their worth and help in their recovery from abuse. Stone raised nearly $400, which was used to make care packages to help homeless women during the winter, host a self-care event with self-worth realization activities, create a bookshelf with informative resources and inspirational affirmations, provide meals and much more. She also created a resource to help women identify the importance of self-care and mental, physical and emotional health, which she sent to women outreach centers all over the world.
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 Gayle Rose, chief operating 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.