NEW CANAAN, Conn. – Abigail Morley, of New Canaan, recently received the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor a girl can earn in Girl Scouting.
In order to earn the Gold Award, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts between grades 9-12 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.
A Gold Award recipient’s accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart as a community leader, according to a press release.
Morley’s project provided a series of nature-filled activities for patients at a mental health hospital to help reduce anxiety. She created a book filled with information on stress relief, findings from studies, and a list of activities and instructions in which individuals can participate, according to a press release.
Her book, as well as materials needed to carry out the activities in the future, have been left at the hospital. The nurses and staff plan to continue to use these activities in the future, according to a press release.
Morley plans to study either medicine, biology or art.
Morley is one of 55 girls across Connecticut to earn her Gold Award this year.
“On a national level, only 4 to six percent of Girl Scouts earn this prestigious honor, and I am beyond proud of our girls,” said Mary Barneby, CEO 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, visit here.
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