Murrieta Girl Scouts receive Gold Award, highest distinction in girl scouting

MURRIETA – The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest achievement in girl scouting, and this year, five Murrieta locals received the honor when they were awarded with the distinction for their community involvement.

The Gold Award requires that the girls use their exceptional positions as Girl Scouts to take action in their local communities. The Gold Award exemplifies each girl’s individual commitment to making the world a better place.

To complete a Gold Award project of high quality, the San Gorgonio Council suggests that a girl devote a minimum of 80 personal hours to her Gold Award Take Action project. However, many Girl Scouts may spend 2 to 3 years working on their projects. They identify community issues important to them, research, and devise a project plan to address the issue.

Each Take Action project must achieve a sustainable and measurable impact for years to come. Gold Award project proposals are evaluated by the Gold Awards Committee, consisting of Girl Scout leaders and volunteers from throughout the Council jurisdiction. If the project does not meet the Take Action criteria, it will not be considered for the Gold Award.

“Only about 5 percent of qualifying Girl Scouts ever receive the Gold Award,” stated Katherine Li, spokeswoman for the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Pass.

All Girl Scouts take the lead in planning and executing their projects. They aim not only to educate others in the process, but to inspire them, as well.

Gold Award recipients have reaped benefits from their participation that they have carried forward into adulthood. Just this month, Gold Award girls personally hand delivered GSUSA’s Annual Report to President Obama.

The following names represent the Gold Award recipients for this year from the Murrieta Girl Scouts and their winning Gold Award Take Action projects.

Aryane Reagan: Animal Adoption Fair

Many animal shelters are overpopulated with volunteers and staff, daily witnessing the results of irresponsible pet owners and pet overpopulation. Aryane wanted to educate the public about responsible pet ownership and the conditions at shelters. She organized an adoption fair and invited numerous local vendors from around Murrieta to attend.

Aryane successfully rallied volunteers to benefit the shelters and helped find new, loving homes for many abandoned animals. Aryane is a senior at Murrieta Valley High School and plans to attend the University of Massachusetts, Boston on a scholarship this fall.

Skye Woolsey: Horse Sense

Therapeutic horseback riding benefits almost any disabling condition, such as cerebral palsy, autism, down syndrome or head injuries. The physical, mental, and emotional benefits of therapeutic horsemanship, practiced at Reins in Southern California, are numerous and far reaching to participants. When Skye reached out to Reins, she knew that the health of the horses is also vitally important to the program. Her project addressed the health and nutrition of the horses, as well as educating riders and staff about the history of each individual horse. Her work ensures Reins will have happy horses to help future individuals seeking therapeutic horseback riding. Skye attends Linfield Christian High School in Murrieta.

Rose Zetz: Animal Adoption Fair

Rose organized an animal adoption fair in her local community to educate the public about the needs of abandoned and helpless animals. She brought together volunteers, vendors, and other segments of her community to better the lives of shelter animals. Rose displayed leadership and dedication, pouring 36.5 hours into her Gold Award project. With approximately eight to 12 million companion animals in U.S. shelters each year, Rose showed us how one person can make all the difference in a life. Rose will soon be a senior at Murrieta Valley High School.

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