2014 Girl Scout Gold Awardees
During a June 8 ceremony at Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall, 44 San Diego girls received the Girl Scout Gold Award — the organization's highest honor — for their outstanding leadership and commitment to community service (see program).
Each girl planned and implemented a Take Action project over the course of one to three years. They reached out to others in their communities — children in need of sports or science programs, senior citizens looking for enrichment or ways to connect with loved ones — or people in faraway countries. Every one made a difference in the world, whether she promoted academic excellence, fitness, cultural awareness or any of a host of other topics.
Girl Scouts San Diego CEO Jo Dee Jacob and Board Chair Debbie Rider presided over the ceremony; Emma Lostritto, a 2013 Gold Award recipient, was mistress of ceremonies.
Author and environmentalist Patricia McArdle delivered the keynote address, sharing how she used her experiences in Girl Scouting to make a difference for children and families in Afghanistan. Watching Afghan children gather wood moved her to promote environmentally friendly solar cookers like the one she built as a Girl Scout.
Just five percent of Girl Scouts nationwide achieve the Girl Scout Gold Award. The tradition of the highest leadership awards for Girl Scouts has included The Golden Eaglet of Merit (1916-1919), The Golden Eagle (1919-1938), First Class (1938-1982) and The Curved Bar (1940-1980). In 1980, the name became the Girl Scout Gold Award.
Learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award.