Inspired to take action and implement sustainable change in their communities, Girl Scout Annabeth Carnes earned her Girl Scout Gold Award. She’s a member of Girl Scout Troop 74011. Approximately 6 percent of Girl Scouts nationally take on the challenge of earning the Gold Award, spending one to two years working on projects that must address or solve a community issue or problem, engage community supporters and partners, and have sustainable outcomes.

For her Gold Award project, Carnes organized community members to provide masks for local schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. She educated others about COVID-19 and the importance of mask wearing through workshops and social media, by providing resources and quizzes. Carnes donated more than 1,400 masks to Fenton Area Public Schools.

“I gained so much insight into my community and the people in it,” Carnes said. “Because of my Gold Award project, I now know how to effectively communicate and organize with others.”

The Gold Award is Girl Scout’s highest honor and is presented to Girl Scouts who address a community issue or problem they are passionate about. They’re required to spend a minimum of 80 hours investigating the problem, creating a plan, and implementing it. Some of the projects have reached beyond Michigan to national and international communities.

Recipients of the Gold Scout Gold Award walk away with a $500 scholarship to any school of their choosing, along with nationwide recognition. There were a total of 13 girls who earned this award for the 2020-21 membership year.

“We are so excited to honor these phenomenal young women,” said Monica Woodson, GSSEM CEO. “They’ve earned the ultimate Girl Scout award, and have shown their community how to be a true leader and a catalyst for growth. We will continue to support them as they transition into adulthood and lead by example.”

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