3 local girls among 28 earning Gold Award from Girl Scouts of SC-Mountains to Midlands

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Girl Scouts who demonstrate outstanding leadership by initiating and completing sustainable service projects are being recognized with the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award. 

Elisabeth Harkins, from North Augusta, and Aiken Girl Scouts Amelia Guerry and Cameron Barron are among 28 young women receiving the Gold Award at Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC Sunday, May 5th.

It is the most prestigious award in the world for girls, the most difficult to earn, and it is only available to Girl Scouts.

Through the Gold Award, girls not only provide solutions that last to some of society’s biggest problems, they grow more confident and strengthen skills that will carry them into a successful future in both school and their career. 

Gold Award Girl Scouts are inspiring leaders whose Gold Award projects are impacting the world of STEM, education, agriculture, medicine, and more on a local, national, or global level.

Elisabeth Harkins noticed that there was a huge need at the Nurture Home for children and women who were experiencing homelessness and domestic violence. Elisabeth’s project provided reading nooks in the shelter that are equipped with stuffed animal reading buddies and reading pillows all handmade by Elisabeth, as well as created “Birthdays in a Bag” for each child to have a special birthday celebration. Elisabeth secured organizations to continue to provide bags and books to the shelter

Beautification and education are Amelia Guerry‘s passions. Amelia created a butterfly garden to educate preschoolers on the life cycle of a butterfly. The garden is filled with native plants that are host to caterpillars that become butterflies, along with bird baths and benches. Amelia also created a lesson plan for preschoolers to follow that will teach them about the different plants that host and sustain butterflies.  

Cameron Barron created Blessing Boxes for a local community park and elementary school. Each box is filled with food and toiletries donated by the community for the homeless and low-income families who may not have access to the local shelter. Cameron also created a forum and Facebook page to alert the community when the boxes need additional materials.

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