Apr 07, 2016


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Girl Scouts To Receive Gold Award for Impactful, Community Projects

Charlotte, N.C. (April 7, 2016) – On Saturday, April 9, the Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council will honor 29 Girl Scouts who have positively impacted the community with creative, impactful and sustainable projects thus earning the Girl Scouts highest achievement, a Gold Award.

In its 100th year, the Gold Award is a rigorous award process open only to high school girls that requires a Girl Scout to create a long-term solution to a community problem. A seven-step project, sustainable results and a panel review are mandatory to earn one’s Gold Award.

“The Gold Award is no easy feat,” said Angela Woods, chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council. “These tremendous ladies have worked tirelessly to earn this recognition and most importantly they are leaving a lasting impact on the community.”

When compared to non-Girl Scout alumnae, Gold Award recipients soar when it comes to seeing themselves as a leader, providing service to others through volunteerism, and positive attitudes about themselves and the lives they lead. In general, more than ninety percent of Girl Scouts not only attribute their success in life to Girl Scouts, but they also said they could not have had access to the same experiences elsewhere.

Gold Award projects that will be recognized April 9 include:

  • “Life is Beautiful”: Natalie Black developed a project devoted to teen suicide prevention awareness and used Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) training to help prevent suicide. After developing a website and video, she distributed it through various social media sites to make suicide prevention training readily available to anyone at any time. To date, Black has taught more than 650 people how to prevent suicide.
  • “Chameleon's Journey” is a passion project for Charlotte Sanders. After losing her dad at age three and her brother at age eight, she faced the difficult experience of mourning. From her personal encounter, she set out to help others by writing an 18-page book that is given to campers at Camp Chameleon, a camp for children dealing with bereavement. More than 300 books have been distributed, reaching North Carolina, California, Arizona, Missouri, England and Dubai. Every year, Camp Chameleon will publish and distribute Sanders’ book, making the impact long term. Sanders invested more than 115 hours in this project and cultivated a partnership with KinderMourn, a Charlotte grief counselling center, where she reads and leads a discussion with elementary students.
  • “Put Your Best Foot Forward”: Cabarrus County’s Emma Prager provides shoes to low-income elementary school students to enable them to participate in physical education class, recess and compete in sports. Equipping those in need with shoes increases self-esteem and dignity among underprivileged students which leads to increased performance in school. A website she designed offers instructions to continue this project anywhere in the world. After the first request for shoes, Prager received 200 pairs of donated shoes. Her project will be sustained locally by a church.

“These are three remarkable examples of how the Girl Scouts foster the courage, confidence and character in girls to take on social issues and create solutions,” said Woods. “We are truly molding tomorrow’s leaders through programs like the Gold Award.”

The Gold Award celebration will take place April 9 at Calvary Church at 1 p.m. For more information on the Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council, please visit

About Girl Scouts:
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization with 2.8 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls’ healthy development and build courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place. Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council serves nearly 19,000 girls and adults in eight North Carolina and South Carolina counties including Anson, Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Rowan, Stanly, Union and York. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to Girl Scouts, visit and follow us on Facebook, Twitter @GSHNC and Pinterest.

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