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Fairfield Girl Scout Earns Gold Award For Teaching Tweens To Eat Healthy

Samantha Strelzer of Fairfield has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting. Photo Credit: Contributed
A total of 86 Girl Scouts earned their Gold Awards for the Class of 2016, including 40 from Fairfield County. Photo Credit: Girl Scouts of Connecticut

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Samantha Strelzer of Fairfield has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.

Strelzer’s Gold Award project consisted of a five-week nutrition seminar targeted toward “tweens” ages 10 to 14.

During the seminars, she taught the students healthy eating habits and about nutritional information through hands-on cooking activities and recipe making.

Through the project, the students garnered a better understanding about ingredients in their food and had the chance to try out new items. The seminars were fun and instructional -- emphasizing that being healthy is fun.

Each student took home a cookbook to use and a copy of the cookbook was donated to the Fairfield Public Library for all families.

Strelzer plans to pursue a career in medicine.

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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