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Darien Teen Creates Book Club To Earn Girl Scout Gold Award

Helene Renee Collins Photo Credit: Girl Scouts of Connecticut
Helene Renee Collins Photo Credit: Girl Scouts of Connecticut

DARIEN, Conn. – Helene Renee Collins, of Darien, has received the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouting.

In order to earn the award, Girl Scouts in grades 9-12 must spend at least 80 hours researching issues, assessing community needs and resources, building a team and making a sustainable impact in the community, according to a press release.

Collins’ project was to spearhead a book club for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities at her local library. The book club met on a weekly basis, read short stories and discussed the books they read. The book club created a safe, nurturing environment for everyone who loves to read, according to a press release.

Collins plans to study physics and other natural sciences in college. She hopes one day to go into the medical field.

A Gold Award recipient’s accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart as a community leader, according to a press release.

“On a national level, only four to six percent of Girl Scouts earn this prestigious honor, and I am beyond proud of our girls,” said Mary Barneby, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Connecticut, in a press release. “By earning the Gold Award, Girl Scouts set themselves apart as top achievers, and are incredible women of confidence, courage, and character, who make the world a better place.”

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

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