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Danbury Girl Scout Earns Gold Award For Enhancing Richter Hiking Trail

Jordan Roth of Danbury 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 Connecticut

DANBURY, Conn. — Jordan Roth of Danbury has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.

To earn her Gold Award, Roth sought to enhance and revitalize one of Richter Park’s hiking trails. She created additional signs and displays to be placed throughout the trail and created a brochure detailing the history and layout of all the trails in the park.

The park also held a grand reopening of the trails. Signs were placed throughout the trails emphasizing the importance of sustaining the trails.

Local Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops will continue community service hours on the trails, and the superintendent of the park will make sure the trails and all materials are maintained.

Roth will attend Boston University this fall to pursue a career in education.

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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