FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Samantha de Lannoy of Fairfield has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.
To earn her Gold Award, de Lannoy created birthday baskets for underprivileged children to give them the materials needed to celebrate their birthdays with their friends and family.
Her Gold Award Project aimed to celebrate these children and help them see their own self-worth and understand that there are those who care for them and want them to succeed.
De Lannoy passed on her materials and baskets to another teen in her community who will continue to implement the project.
She currently attends Muhlenberg College as a biology pre-health major in hopes of becoming a physical therapist.
Celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year, the Gold Award requires a high school age Girl Scout to spend at least 80 hours researching issues, assessing community needs and resources, building a team and making a sustainable impact in the community.
A Gold Award recipient’s accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart as a community leader. Nationally, only 6 percent of Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award.
The Girl Scouts all began more than 100 years ago with one woman, Juliette Gordon Low, who believed in the power of one girl. Girl Scouts of Connecticut are now more than 52,000 members strong. They are part of a sisterhood of 2.7 million around the globe.
“Since 1916, approximately 1 million Girl Scouts have made a sustainable impact in their communities,” said Mary Barneby, CEO of Girl Scouts of Connecticut. “We are so thrilled to honor a record number of girls this year and we are excited to see how many more incredible young women will continue to change the world in the next 100 years.”
For more information about the Gold Award or how to become a Gold Award volunteer or mentor, click here .
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