Honoring Our Local Fireman: A Girl Scout Gold Award Project

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont is pleased to announce that Grace Ruppe, Forest City, has earned her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement a Girl Scout can earn.

Ruppe, a member of Girl Scout Troop 20166, had a community day at SDO Fire Department in Forest City, giving the public the opportunity to stop by and learn about fire prevention, smoke alarms, how to become involved as a firefighter and more. The community could also choose to donate smoke alarms as part of the event and 28 smoke alarm donations were made for families in need. Ruppe also created a memorial area at SDO’s secondary station in memory of three firemen that lost their lives.

Girls in high school are able to earn their Girl Scout Gold Award by creating sustainable change on a community or world issue. Gold Award Girl Scouts address the root cause of a problem, plan and implement innovative solutions to drive change and lead a team of people to success. 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.

As they take action to transform their world, Gold Award Girl Scouts gain tangible skills and prove they are the leaders our community and world need. Gold Award Girl Scouts from Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont have created community gardens, addressed issues in foster care, combated bullying in schools and so much more.

“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- strategic thinking, communication, collaboration, problem solving- are ones that will be used often in her future endeavors.” Thousands of Girl Scouts earn the Girl Scout Gold Award each year, which first began in 1916 as the Golden Eaglet. Earning the Gold Award opens doors to scholarships, preferred admission tracks for college and amazing career opportunities.

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