Victoria teen earns Girl Scouts’ highest award

Claire Roth of Victoria recently marked a major milestone with the successful completion of the Girl Scouts’ highest achievement, the Gold Award.
To receive the Girl Scout Gold Award, girls spend at least 80 hours planning and implementing projects that innovatively address a need in the community. Each girl develops a project to match her area of interest and address a specific need in her local or global community. To earn the award, eligible Girl Scouts in grades 10-12 must fulfill leadership, career exploration and community service requirements. Each girl must take leadership in planning and implementing her project, working with others in the community to act on her plan.
Waste Reduction, Recycling and Composting!
Roth’s Gold Award project addressed the need for composting and trash reduction within her local community. She created a plan to educate people and make it easier for them to know what to compost and recycle.
Roth worked with her team to inform community members at local events using informational handouts, videos, and games to engage all ages in her cause. St. Hubert’s Church will use her project materials at its annual community event.
“The girls are passionate about their Gold Awards because it is the girls who see the needs and commits their time and talents to the betterment of the community,” said Linda Keene, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys. “When our girls achieve this level of accomplish while still in high school, we cannot wait to see what they will do for their communities in the future.”
All 103 local Girl Scout Gold Award recipients will be honored along with 466 Girl Scout Silver Award recipients during ceremonies in Owatonna and Minneapolis. In the past year, Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys’ Gold and Silver Award recipients contributed more than 30,000 hours to make the world a better place.
River Valleys consistently sees about 10 percent of the council’s eligible Girl Scouts achieve their Girl Scout Gold Award — twice the national Girl Scouts of the USA average.

About Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys
In partnership with 18,000 adults volunteers, Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys helps nearly 45,000 girls each year — in all or portions of 49 counties in southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin — to discover new abilities, connect with new friends, and take action to improve their communities. Girl Scouts is the world’s preeminent leadership development organization for girls, building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
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