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Gold Award recipients inspiring change in Rockville Centre and beyond

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Rockville Centre Girl Scout troops gathered at the John A. Anderson Recreation Center on May 20 for its Gold, Silver & Bronze Award Ceremony, during which girls in grades four through 12 were honored for various community service projects.

Six received the Gold Award, which represents the highest achievement in girl scouting. To earn the coveted distinction, Girl Scout seniors or ambassadors must plan and implement an individual “Take Action” project that reaches beyond the Girl Scout organization and provides a sustainable, lasting benefit to the community. They must identify an issue, investigate it, build a team and take action to carry out the plan.

Though there is help from a team, the project involves 80 hours of planning and implementation by the girl in pursuit of the Gold Award. They submit a final report to their local council once finished.

Bronze Award recipients, in fourth or fifth grade, work as a group on a project, each spending at least 20 hours on it. Silver Awards, which can be earned by cadettes in sixth, seventh and eighth grade, require girls to work independently or in a small group for at least 50 hours to bring their project to fruition.

Theresa Danks, a former leader of Troop 810 who has been involved in Rockville Centre Girl Scouts for 47 years, said the Gold Award represents dedication. Now delegate chairwoman of the Girl Scouts of Rockville Centre, as a girl, Danks earned First Class, the equivalent of the Gold Award at that time.

She said of scouting in general: “It’s a very good opportunity to learn skills you’ll use later in life of leadership, of cooperation, of working together.”