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New Fairfield Girl Scout Reconstructs Hidden Valley To Earn Gold

Tessa Kilcourse of New Fairfield has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting. Photo Credit: Girl Scouts of Connecticut
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

NEW FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Tessa Kilcourse of New Fairfield has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.

To earn her Gold Award, Kilcourse focused on the reconstruction of the Hidden Valley land reserve in her town. She helped to renovate and reconstruct the damaged property, including fixing docks and benches and cleaning up litter.

She also installed noninvasive camera monitors throughout the reserve to monitor any vandalism or suspicious activity. Kilcourse also educated her community on the importance of keeping the land reserve clean.

The New Fairfield Science Department will continue to sustain Hidden Valley.

She plans to attend college as a political science major with a concentration in international relations.

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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