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Shelton Girl Scout Hits The Bull's-Eye With Gold Award Project To Help Kids

Maggie Cole of Shelton 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

SHELTON, Conn. -- Maggie Cole of Shelton has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.

Cole's Gold Award Project sought to teach young children how to foster self-confidence with the help of archery.

Her project, “Confidence at your Fingertips,” taught children to have confidence in themselves while learning archery skills at the Woodruff YMCA in Milford.

While teaching the campers archery, she would sense frustration and encourage campers to find it in themselves to solve a problem.

She created a packet with tips and a survey to help campers assess their confidence level from the beginning to the end of the program. Her class will continue to be taught at camp.

She is currently a student at Housatonic Community College and plans to become an NICU doctor.

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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