Girl Scouts of Central Maryland Gold Award recipients visit White House

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Baltimore, Md. – Six Girl Scouts of Central Maryland Gold Award recipients traveled to Washington, D.C. on September 15, 2015, to be a part of the White House Champions of Change event.

The six Girl Scouts of Central Maryland Gold Award recipients who participated in the Champions of Change event are: Caitlin Battle-McDonald from Baltimore County whose Gold Award project was Caring for Caregivers Lending Library; Tyler Burton from Carroll County whose Gold Award project was Introducing Seniors to Technology;  Leah Mathews from Howard County whose Gold Award project was A home for Wayward Owls; Julia O’Mara from Anne Arundel County whose Gold Award project was Folk Art Barn Quilt; Nika Rafiee from Baltimore County whose Gold Award project was Art by the Bay; and Victoria Tully also from Baltimore County whose Gold Award project was Help for Haiti.

The Champions of Change program features a group of Americans – individuals, businesses and organizations – who are doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.

White House officials will participate in a discussion with these champions to learn more about young women from across the country who are empowering their communities.

Joining the six Girl Scouts from the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland Council are Meredith Boyce, a recent alumna of Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands, and Katie Prior a current Girl Scout with Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma. Both are being honored as White House Champions of Change.

More than 1,000 applications were submitted and 11 women were selected. That two Girl Scouts were selected from the pool of 1,000 speaks volumes of the success of the Girl Scout Movement in creating female leaders.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. Nationally, only 6 percent of eligible Girl Scouts successfully earn this prestigious award. Girl Scouts of Central Maryland has pinned nearly 1,500 girls with this esteemed award; an award that is given after a sustainable community service project has been completed. Girl Scout Gold Award recipients are adept at organizing, have a resilient spirit; are resourceful and demonstrate a willingness to lead the way through community service.

For more information about Girl Scouts of Central Maryland programs visit gscm.org. For more information about this program contact Kimberly Lohrfink, program director or click here.

Girl Scouts of Central Maryland provides leadership programming for nearly 25,000 girls in central Maryland residing in Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties. For more information about the programs GSCM offers visit gscm.org; follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook.

Source: Girl Scouts of Central Maryland

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