Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont is pleased to announce that Marlee Bland, Hickory, has earned her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.
Bland, daughter of Travis and Tara Bland and a member of Girl Scout Troop 10306, created an Art Education Room at the Family Care Center in Hickory. Bland held a supply drive and raised funds to gather the necessary supplies and décor for the art room. She then created 60 lesson plans to go along with the room so children could complete them at their own pace. She also put together a guide on creating an art room and shared it with local organizations like Salvation Army and Safe Harbor.
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 as skills that set girls up for success, like strategic thinking, communication, collaboration, problem solving and time management.