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Wilton Girl Scout Earns Gold Award For Healthy Eating Workshop For Kids

Cecilia Babchak of Wilton has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting. Photo Credit: Contributed
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 America

WILTON, Conn. — Cecilia Babchak of Wilton has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.

Babchak's Gold Award Project was called “Creating Healthy Kids” and consisted of a three-day nutritional workshop for fourth-grade students in Wilton. 

During the workshop, she taught the students about nutrition and the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, including tips and tricks on hydration, healthy snacking and how to read a nutrition label. 

Babchak and the class also created a cookbook for the class to use at home and to share with their friends and family. Her workshop has been implemented into the fourth-grade science curriculum in town. 

She is a freshman at University of Colorado at Boulder, and she plans to pursue a career in advertising. 

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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