Cicero, N.Y. â€“ Eleven area Girl Scout Ambassadors were recognized at ceremonies throughout May for earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn.
Among them were four from Oswego County: Allison Carmody of Oswego and Danielle Mather of Oswego; Christina Huffaker of Phoenix; and Ashley Kiskadden of Hastings.
In order to earn the award, girls must demonstrate their leadership abilities, participate in career exploration and plan and carry out a Gold Award Take Action project that is meant to have sustainability within the community. Girls earning the Gold Award are eligible for college scholarships and advanced military rankings.
Carmody addressed the issue of hunger by organizing several food drives and gathering 1,250 pounds of food. She also organized Speed to Feed Motorcycle Run, to which admission was non-perishable food. The run will be taken over by the motorcycle groups next year.
â€œEarning the Girl Scout Gold Award is like graduating from high school,â€ Carmody said. â€œIt is a goal every girl should set and work hard towards accomplishing.â€
â€œPut a Smile on Your Face,â€ was the project Mather did. She created activity packages for children admitted to Oswego Hospital. The packages included stuffed animals, writing utensils, and magazines for older children. There were also items for parents such as questions for the doctor, a notebook and things to bring from home.
â€œAfter working so hard on (the Girl Scout Gold Award), and all the requirements leading up to it, I have realized that I can do anything I set my mind to,â€ Mather said.
Huffaker worked to provide baby items for the Family Support Center that is used as a temporary home for infants in Onondaga County prior to being placed in foster homes. She even taught a Girl Scout Junior troop how make baby blanets.
Kiskadden organized a community Easter egg hunt and Easter party for her project. Her community is a small, rural community in need of unity and support. By putting on the Easter party and egg hung, she promoted kindness, sharing, and a sense of camaraderie.
â€œThis award outlines all the hard work and countless days I put into Girl Scouting and Iâ€™m proud to say Iâ€™ve earned it,â€ Kiskadden said.
These girls are 11 of just 47 Girl Scouts in the 26-county area covered by the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award.
Join the fun and friendship of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Contact the Cicero Service Center at (315) 698-9400, visit www.gsnypenn.org, become a fan of Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, Inc. on Facebook, or follow @GSNYPENN on Twitter for more information.