DANBURY, Conn. -- Madeleine Cox of Danbury has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.
To earn her Gold Award, Cox completed her project, “Trail Map Kiosks at Richter Park,” to help her community navigate hiking trails and other locations at a Richter Park in Danbury. She created a structure with two maps to stand as a main office welcoming guests to the park.
Her maps and structure will be a permanent piece at Richter Park to help hikers and people in the community access the park and navigate the hiking trails with ease.
She currently attends Merrimack College with a focus in elementary education and a minor in environmental studies.
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.”
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