Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont is pleased to announce that Caroline Wills, Hickory, has earned her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.
Wills, daughter of Ed and Marnie Wills and a member of Girl Scout Troop 2034, worked in partnership with Alexander County Foster Care to provide journals for foster kids to use as a positive coping mechanism. With her school’s Beta Club, she collected 144 journals, ensuring that every child currently in the Alexander County foster care system received two. Along with the journals, she worked to hand paint over 60 of them with age-appropriate designs and started a website called The Journaling Corner that contains research on the benefits of journaling, how to use the journals, special prompts and a podcast.
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 for 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.