RIDGEFIELD, Conn. — Madeline Kutler of Ridgefield has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.
To earn her Gold Award, Kutler organized a townwide event with a lecture from Nicole Seagriff from The Pink Agenda to discuss her experiences with breast cancer and to help spread awareness in her community.
Kutler organized ongoing donations of hand-knitted and hand-sewn hats for breast cancer patients at Yale-New Haven Hospital who were undergoing chemotherapy.
She also created an informative brochure that will be available in the Yale Resource Room and that she handed out at the town-wide lecture and to volunteers who knitted hats for the patients. Kutler created a website and Facebook page to continue the hat donations to Yale.
She plans on studying life sciences and French in college.
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 .