In 2014, 434 amazing young women from Girl Scouts River Valleys earned their Girl Scout Silver or Gold Award, representing more than 23,000 hours served in their local and global communities.
To earn the Girl Scout Silver and Gold Awards, girls must first complete pre-requisites where they discover new skills, connect with others, and take action to make the world a better place. Then, girls develop a project based on the needs of the community and their own interests. Girls show active leadership skills as they plan and carry out a sustainable project with others in their community.
This year’s Silver and Gold Award recipients were honored during ceremonies on May 18 in Owatonna, and June 1 in Minneapolis. Heather Harden, LPL Financial branch manager and former KMSP-TV news anchor, gave an inspiring keynote address at each ceremony. Heather encouraged girls to become young women leaders, and spoke to the Ban Bossy campaign – a public service campaign by Girl Scouts of the USA and LeanIn.Org.
“When…and I do mean when…you are called “bossy” or “pushy” just for following your own path, your own agenda, your intuition, or your sense of what you think will work, go deaf. Don’t hear those words. Don’t internalize them.” – Heather Harden
We are proud of the commitment, leadership, and action demonstrated by this year’s award recipients. Congratulations to all of our 2014 Silver and Gold Award Recipients!