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Brookfield Girl Scout Earns Gold Award For Making Map To Teach Geography

Paige Peck of Brookfield has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.
Paige Peck of Brookfield 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.
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

BROOKFIELD, Conn. — Paige Peck of Brookfield has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.

To earn her Gold Award, Peck painted a map of the United States to teach children in her town about geography.

With the use of this map, elementary school students have the ability to improve their geography skills in a fun and interactive way with laminated activities and games.

Since painting the map, there has been a vast improvement of geography skills at the middle school and many teachers have incorporated her map into their curriculums.

Her use of weather-resistant traffic paint will help keep the map at the elementary school for years to come. Her local Parks and Recreation will also repaint the map as needed.

She plans to pursue a career in marketing.

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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