Thursday, February 29, 2024

Six Area Girl Scouts Earn Highest Honor in Girl Scouting

2022 Gold Award Girl Scout Ambassadors from Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast, left to right: Mary Wells, Lilian Shuhy, Caroline Fuller, Ivy Edwards, Evelyn Taliaferro, Virginia Britt, Mary Reins, Claire Pittman, Delaney Brown, Hannah Whalen, Gabriella Gonzalez, Gabriella Blake-Gonzalez, and Victoria Martin. Not pictured: Veronica Armstrong, Madison Lilly, and Virginia Olson. (Courtesy Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast)

CHESAPEAKE — Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast CEO Tracy Keller and Board Chair Marisa Porto recently awarded six local Girl Scouts, the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouting.

Those honored were Veronica Armstrong of Jamestown High School, Virginia Britt of Jamestown High School, Caroline Fuller of Jamestown High School, Madison Lilly of Jamestown High School, Virginia Olson of Walsingham Academy, and Claire Pittman of Tabb High School.

The six recipients were among 18 Girl Scouts so awarded by Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast.

A Gold Award project is a comprehensive service project demonstrating a girl’s knowledge and thought processes. The award requires at least 80 hours to be dedicated to planning and researching a problem and a sustainable solution. A Girl Scout Ambassador — a Girl Scout in 11th or 12th grade — must identify an issue in her community, draft a plan to address the root cause, and lead a team of volunteers to implement the plans.

Nationally, only 6% of eligible Girl Scouts receive the award. Those who earn the Gold Award are eligible for exclusive scholarships and, if they enlist into the U.S. Armed Forces, do so one rank higher.

Learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award at

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