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shine ceremony
girls change world

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award in Girl Scouting—created in 1916, this leadership award recognizes older girls who make a difference in their communities. Since 1916, approximately one million Girl Scouts have reached their Gold Award or the equivalent. Present award requirements call for an 80 hour take action project created and completed by each girl as a means to make a sustainable impact within their local community. In May 2017, GSSNE hosted the Girl Scouts Shine Ceremony where we honored twelve Gold Awardees at Warwick Country Club.

Each week we plan to feature a different Gold Award Girl Scout as a reminder of the incredible efforts and accomplishments of these G.I.R.L.s who are built of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place!

emily canuel

Emily Canuel, Troop 1019, Somerset, MA

Gold Award Project: Music Matters 

What is your project and why is it important? My project, Music Matters, encompassed a 4-week long camp program for kids to continue playing their instruments throughout the summer break. Over the summer, musicians often do not practice their instruments and return to September music classes having forgotten some skills and techniques. The camp program allowed for kids to learn new music, in addition to new techniques and strategies at a more advanced level than the typical classroom would allow.  It was a very fun and educational experience for everyone involved, and I learned how to conduct and lead an orchestra.

What is your favorite aspect of being a Girl Scout? Being involved since kindergarten, there have been many positive aspects of Girl Scouts. I have loved the experiences offered, such as going to New York City and Boston with my troop, camping, volunteering, and other activities. The friendships I have made with other Girl Scouts stands out the most.