About the Gold Award

The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting, recognizing girls who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through remarkable Take Action projects that have sustainable impact in their communities and beyond.

A girl must spend a minimum of 80 hours working on her project and complete all 7 setps:

  1. Chose an issue
  2. Investigate
  3. Get help
  4. Create a plan
  5. Present your plan
  6. Take action
  7. Educate and inspire

Facts and Figures

  • Gold Award recipients spend between one and two years on their projects.
  • Recipients who join the armed services enter at one rank higher than other recruits
  • University research indicates a Gold Award is a critical element in the admissions-decision process

2014 - 2015 Gold Awards

Gold award recipients are a true testament to the power of Girl Scouting - girls of courage, confidence and character who, every day, are making the world a better place.

Projects completed by girls participating in Hingham Girl Scouts:

Kira Chipman
Community Flag Recycling and Respectful Disposal

Kira organized a two-part service program to educate the community about the correct way to retire American flags and dispose of them respectfully. First she organized the collection of worn flags from three receptacles in Hingham and got them to Veterans Agent Keith Jermyn for storage. Then she outlined the procedure for a respectful disposal ceremony. Kira displayed this information at all of the receptacles and in the Department of Public Works transfer station. She also produced and distributed an informational brochure.

Aine McGonagle
Help N'awlins

As the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, citizens of New Orleans are still rebuilding their city, homes and lives. Aine addressed the ongoing impact of Katrina's aftermath by making a film to spread the message of the city's continuing need for help, as well as create awareness of issues like racism and poverty, which are prevalent across the country. she traveled to New Orleans to interview hurricane survivors and filmed their stories with respect and understanding. the movie has been distributed to several organizations, including the Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal, Boston College High School and Old Ship Church, and will continue to be used to promote awareness and engage others in this important social justice conversation.

Catherine Neville
Finding the Sun

According to the World Health Organization, approximately 30 percent of women experience abuse at the hands of an intimate partner. Catherine wanted to raise awareness about this issue, particularly the high rates of abuse in teen relationships. She led a team in creating a powerful presentation for middle and high school students that covered dating violence and how to reach out for help. together they wrote and produced a five-minute video depicting a young woman in an abusive relationship and how she escapes. They assembled care packages for children displaced by abuse to ease their transition to a shelter. 

Olivia Richards
Band Buddies

Concerned with enrollment drop-off following fifth grade, Olivia created a program to encourage band participation from elementary through high school students. She worked with the band directors to match fifth and sixth graders with high school members of the Hingham High School Concert Band and Wind Ensemble. the younger students benefited from one-on-one time with more advanced musicians, while their teen buddies experienced the rewards of mentoring. Olivia organized several events, including a kick-off night of fun music activities and a solo and ensemble festival. She also incorporated weekly "tutoring" meetings, where older students provided their buddies with constructive feedback that improved both their confidence and musical skills. Olivia created a binder as a how-to guide and ensured next year's Band Council will sustain the program.

Mairéad Roche
Fire Prevention and Awareness Story Time

Because a large number of fires are accidentally started by children, Mairéad knew there was a need for both kids and their parents to be educated about fire prevention. She developed a curriculum for a fire safety and prevention program to be presented at Bare Cove Fire Museum's community open houses. Mairéad created activities including coloring pages, word searches and crossword puzzles for preschool, elementary and special needs students (all ages), as well as compiled information to share with parents. She recruited volunteers to make the sit-upons used during presentations and a student photographer to take the photos for handouts and marketing materials. To ensure the project continues beyond her involvement, Mairéad trained museum volunteers and provided them with a program manual.

Ellen Scheiring
Project Play On

As a musician herself, Ellen understood the financial demands of playing an instrument. Passionate about spreading the love of music, she believed the cost shouldn't be a barrier. Ellen created a nonprofit program at the South Shore Conservatory and collected donated instruments to lend to aspiring musicians who could not afford to buy or rent them. She researched existing organizations on which to model hers and created a website with easily accessible information about how to donate. Ellen also designed promotional materials to market Project Play On at South Shore Conservatory and beyond. She hopes to continue this work until graduation, when she will transfer the organization's reins to a fellow music lover in her band class.