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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!

samantha murphy

Samantha Murphy, Somerset, MA

Gold Award Project: HERstory

What is your project and why is it important? I researched various women throughout history that have made an impact on our lives today. I designed and delivered presentations to show younger girls in various workshops. My goal was to inform young girls of the important women from the past that might not have been discussed in school. While researching, I found out things that were never taught to me, so I thought it was important to educate girls of the achievements women have made, and to inspire them to reach their own goals in the future.

What is your favorite aspect of being a Girl Scout? I have met some friends who I know will be in my life for a very long time. We all learned and grew up together, and I know that we will always support each other with whatever we choose to do.