As good as gold: 3 from Davie earn Girl Scouting’s top award

Published 12:49 pm Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Three Davie residents have earned the Gold Award – the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn.

• Keelyn Oakes, a member of Troop 1265, focused her Gold project on families who have experienced perinatal loss. She created canvas bags, bereavement boxes and a YouTube video to help families cope with their losses. The NICU at Novant Medical Center has the QR code to Oake’s project resources available to parents.

• Charlotte Anderson is a member of Troop 2151 and is the daughter of Brad and Christy Anderson. Her project was building a changing stall at Salisbury Community Park for hikers and mountain bikers to change clothes safely and privately.

• Logan Sherrill, a member of Troop 1265 and daughter of Shaun and Crystal Sherrill, helped to enenhance the Rich Park Greenwayy system by creating a new map, placing trrail markers thoughtout the three trails, and labeling trails based on difficulty. She also created aa QR code that connects visitors to the park maps from the Town of Mocksville’s website.

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 skills and prove they are the leaders the 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 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 projects,” said Jennifer Wilcox, Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont CE0.