Earning this prestigious award enables the Gold Award Girl Scout to distinguish herself in the college admissions process, earn college scholarships, and enter the military one rank higher.

Gonzales Girl Scout Margaret Britton was honored as a Gold Award Girl Scout at a statewide Gold Award Girl Scout pinning ceremony and reception at the Old Governor’s Mansion on June 13. The 2017-2018 Gold Award Girl Scout was among 10 Louisiana Girl Scouts to receive this highest award in Girl Scouting.

In order to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, a Girl Scout must demonstrate her ability and skills in goal-setting, planning, implementing Girl Scout values, and relating to the community. She must also plan and execute a community service project with a minimum of 80 working hours to reach beyond the Girl Scout organization and provide a sustainable, lasting benefit to the her larger community.

Earning this prestigious award enables the Gold Award Girl Scout to distinguish herself in the college admissions process, earn college scholarships, and enter the military one rank higher.

After Ascension Parish’s Galvez Primary School flooded, Britton replaced five basketball goals and built a buddy bench to address the problems of bullying to promote inclusiveness for all students. The Gold Award Girl Scout also helped a Junior Girl Scout troop earn their staying fit badge.

Britton also received the 2018 Kelly C. O’Mahoney $1,000 Gold Award Scholarship, which was presented during the Gold Award ceremony. She is a graduate of East Ascension High School’s class of 2018 and will attend Mississippi State University in the fall, majoring in Chemical Engineering.

Girl Scouts Louisiana East offers the best leadership development program for girls, grades K to 12, in southeast Louisiana. Through Girl Scouting, girls learn to face challenges head-on, embrace failure as a learning opportunity, create lasting relationships, and find dynamic solutions to social issues —all while building the skills and courage they need to take the lead every day and empower themselves for life. For more information, call the council office at 800-644-7571, or visit its website at www.gsle.org.

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