Earning the Gold Award is one of the most challenging, exciting and rewarding experiences a Girl Scout can have and one of the most prestigious recognitions she’ll accomplish. The Girl Scout Gold Award stands as the highest achievement a Girl Scout can earn, comparable to the Eagle Scout rank in Boy Scouts. The award recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through Take Action projects that have a sustainable impact in their communities and beyond. Girl Scout Gold Award recipients who join the armed forces enter one rank higher than other recruits, and they qualify for exclusive scholarships.
“Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award is truly a remarkable achievement, and the young women who earn this award exemplify leadership in all of its forms,” said Liz Workman, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland. “They saw a need in their communities and around the world, and took action. Their extraordinary dedication, perseverance and leadership is making the world a better place.”
Baxa focused her efforts on the reading ability of youth in her community with “Buddies and Books”. The project created a mentorship program with volunteers in her local community spending time with youth, listening to them read and helping them along the way. The goal was to establish an initiative to improve reading abilities, a life skill that will stay with them forever. “Buddies and Books” was developed with the intention of volunteers sustaining the program long after Baxa leaves for college through Facebook pages and a partnership with the Osborne Public Library.
On earning her Gold Award, Baxa said her leadership skills “became even stronger as I handled the children and learned how much they actually do look up to you. From this program, I learned that I love working with kids and I am going to school to study pharmacy, but I learned that I would like to take that career and work in a children’s hospital.”