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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!

victoria deBlois

Victoria Elizabeth DeBlois, Troop 561, North Kingstown, RI

Gold Award Project: A Technical Make-Over 

What is your project and why is it important? Theatre is very near and dear to my heart, and I created a Gold Award project serving the theatre at Davisville Middle School. I was a techie there and at the high school for all of my years in attendance, I always felt that the theatre needed repairs. As a Girl Scout Ambassador, I went back to the middle school and painted the entire back of the stage a solid black and created chalk cue boards. But that wasn’t enough for me! I was concerned that once some of us older students left, the knowledge of how to run the technical equipment would be lost. With that in mind, I created a digital tech guide that will be used to teach future generations how to use and maintain the equipment.

What is your favorite aspect of being a Girl Scout? Service is my favorite aspect of being a Girl Scout. I loved volunteering at events and helping others. I enjoyed giving back to my community and it was that dedication to those around me that drove me to join the Army when I graduated high school.