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Bethel Girl Scout Earns Gold Award For Helping Families Stay Warm In Winter

Lori Robertson of Bethel has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.
Lori Robertson of Bethel 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.
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

BETHEL, Conn. -- Lori Robertson of Bethel has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.

Robertson's Gold Award project, “Spread the Wo(o)rd,” strived to keep underprivileged families in her community warm throughout the winter by repairing her church’s wood ministry.

She hosted money-earning activities to generate all of her supplies, worked with a group of volunteers to clean up the wood ministry and spread awareness through pamphlets, created a website and distributed articles to her local newspapers.

Robertson also did research on how to help members in her community get oil assistance.

Her minister, as well as members of her church, will continue to maintain the wood ministry.

She currently attends Western Connecticut State University in Danbury and is studying elementary education.

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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