Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont is pleased to announce that Lavanya Lama, Greensboro, has earned her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.
Lama, a member of Girl Scout Troop 41704, wanted to help teens and kids deal with their mental health as a result of the pandemic. She created a website with resources and tips about mental health, along with different activities they could do from home to help improve their own outlooks. She also designed a poster to distribute to pediatrician offices and middle schools, directing people to her website. Another goal of her project was to help the mental health of hospitalized children so she worked with the Ronald McDonald House in Winston-Salem to create relaxation kits for patients. She also held several workshops for Girl Scout Cadette troops around the subject of mental health.
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.