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Darien Girl Scout Helps Seniors Prepare For Emergencies To Earn Gold Award

Victoria Eng educated senior citizens in her hometown of Darien about staying safe in times of crisis to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award.
Victoria Eng educated senior citizens in her hometown of Darien about staying safe in times of crisis to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award. Photo Credit: Girl Scouts of Connecticut

DARIEN, Conn. -- Victoria Eng of Darien addressed the lack of emergency preparedness within Darien’s elderly community to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award. 

Eng created a booklet and presentation to educate senior citizens about staying safe in times of crisis. At the end of the class, each participant created their own starter 72-hour emergency kit to take home. Eng trained underclassmen to continue the class in the future. She is attending the University of Michigan and plans to study chemistry.

Eng was also awarded the Emily Chaison Scholarship by the Girl Scouts of Connecticut. 

A total of 61 girls across the state were honored by Girl Scouts of Connecticut for earning their Gold Award this year in a statewide ceremony last month at the University of New Haven.

The Gold Award is the highest award a girl can earn in Girl Scouting. In order to earn the Gold Award, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts in grades 9 to 12 spend at least 80 hours researching issues, assessing community needs and resources, building a team, and making a sustainable impact in the community. 

“These 61 girls are incredible examples of how a girl can truly change the world around her,” said Mary Barneby, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Connecticut. “Our exemplary Gold Award recipients have made a sustainable impact in their community through hours of hard work and dedication. Their achievements are a testament to the power of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

"We expect great things from them as they continue to thrive and succeed in their future endeavors!”

A Gold Award recipient’s accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart as a community leader, according to a statement from Girl Scouts of Connecticut.

For more information about the Gold Award or how to become a Gold Award volunteer or mentor, visit

Girl Scouts of Connecticut is the largest girl-empowerment organization in the state, serving nearly 44,000 girls and more than 18,000 adult volunteers. Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. For further information, visit or call 800-922-2770.

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