Haley Duncan Earns Girl Scouts’ Highest Honor

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont is pleased to announce that Haley Duncan, Hamptonville, has earned her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.

Duncan, daughter of Jeffrey Duncan and Sharon Hill Duncan and a member of Girl Scout Troop 10332, worked in partnership with Wesley Chapel Church to provide a community food pantry during COVID-19.

Duncan worked at  Wesley Chapel to clean, repair and paint their community picnic shelter to make it a safe place to install a self-service community food pantry. The self-service pantry was installed and stocked with food and toiletry items collected from food donation drives. She also researched recipes for dishes made from food normally found in food pantries and included those recipes in the pantry, along with reusable shopping bags made by her sister Girl Scout made. The Open Pantry at Wesley Chapel Church will be a source of food that people can count on for years to come.

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 Jennifer Wilcox, CEO 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.

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