GREENWICH, Conn. — Sophia Ferraro of Greenwich has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.
To earn her Gold Award, Ferraro created a StoryWalk titled, “Charlie Takes a Walk,” to teach children about the outdoors.
A StoryWalk is an innovative way for children and adults to read and be in the outdoors at the same time.
Ferraro created podiums made of lumber and put laminated pages of the book throughout a nature trail in her community. In the story, the main character learns about the dangers of litter and what steps she can take to prevent littering.
Her StoryWalk is made out of pressure-treated lumber and the laminated pages are sealed with polyurethane and will stay in the park permanently.
She plans to pursue a career as a nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant.
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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