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Danbury Girl Scout Creates Historic Tour To Earn Gold Award

Claire Tensa of Danbury created a tour called "Picture Perfect Childhood" at Weir Farm National Historic Site to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award.
Claire Tensa of Danbury created a tour called "Picture Perfect Childhood" at Weir Farm National Historic Site to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award. Photo Credit: Girl Scouts of Connecticut

DANBURY, Conn. -- Claire Tensa of Danbury researched, developed and gave a tour at Weir Farm National Historic Site in Ridgefield/Wilton to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award.

Tensa created a tour on a new topic for visitors – the lives of the children who lived at the farm over the years. She researched the site’s oral histories and presented this information to visitors in her tour called "A Picture Perfect Childhood."

A binder with tour information was presented to the National Park Service rangers, who will continue the tour. Tensa, a 2013 graduate of Danbury High School, is attending Eastern Connecticut State University and studying history and secondary education.

A total of 61 girls across the state were honored by Girl Scouts of Connecticut for earning their Gold Award this year in a statewide ceremony last month at the University of New Haven. Three girls in Danbury earned their Gold Awards this year.

The Gold Award is the highest award a girl can earn in Girl Scouting. To earn the Gold Award, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts in grades 9 to 12 spend at least 80 hours researching issues, assessing community needs and resources, building a team, and making a sustainable impact in the community.

“These 61 girls are incredible examples of how a girl can truly change the world around her,” said Mary Barneby, CEO of Girl Scouts of Connecticut. “Our exemplary Gold Award recipients have made a sustainable impact in their community through hours of hard work and dedication. Their achievements are a testament to the power of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

"We expect great things from them as they continue to thrive and succeed in their future endeavors!”

A Gold Award recipient’s accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart as a community leader, according to a statement from Girl Scouts of Connecticut.

For more information about the Gold Award or how to become a Gold Award volunteer or mentor, visit .

Girl Scouts of Connecticut is the largest girl-empowerment organization in the state, serving nearly 44,000 girls and more than 18,000 adult volunteers. Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. For further information, visit or call 800-922-2770.

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