Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

7 Scouts Earn Gold Award, the Top Honor in Girl Scouting

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

7 Scouts Earn Gold Award, the Top Honor in Girl Scouting

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Byline: CINDY HOLIFIELD

Girl Scouts of Gateway Council has honored seven area girls who earned their Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouting and equivalent to the Boy Scouts' Eagle award.

To be eligible, Senior Girl Scouts age 14-18 must fulfill pre-requisites, including the Gold Leadership award, which requires completing 50 hours of leadership work, three Interest Projects and one Focus Book relevant to their project; the Gold Career Award, which requires completion of 40 hours of career exploration; and the Gold 4Bs Challenge, which requires girls to assist their community and its needs and develop a vision for change.

After completing the prerequisites, the Scout must plan and organize a 65-hour service project that reaches beyond the Girl Scout organization and benefits the larger community long-term.

For Duval County, there were 32 Silver Award honorees and 111 Bronze Award honorees at the ceremony Feb. 15 in Gainesville. The Gold Award winners and their service projects are:

Jordan DeCoy, 18, of Troop 988 on the Westside, developed a sports and fitness area for children and adults at Community Connections as part of the Girl Scout Healthy Living Initiative. She collected donations of sporting equipment to give kids an opportunity to exercise and have fun. DeCoy is a graduate of Bishop Snyder High School.

Melinda Picciuolo, 17, of Troop 320 on the Westside, collected and donated gifts to the New Life Inn Homeless Shelter. With the help of family, friends and her school, she collected enough gifts for more than 100 homeless people in Jacksonville and delivered the gift bags to the shelter just before the holidays. Picciuolo, the daughter of Mary Rose and Stephen Picciuolo, is a junior at Bishop Snyder High School.

Jennifer Reid, 18, of Troop 320 on the Westside, collected donations for the Jacksonville Humane Society. …

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