Local Girl Scout Kassandra Stanley of Rocky Mount has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.

Local Girl Scout Kassandra Stanley of Rocky Mount has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting. To earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, each girl must complete extensive leadership requirements, including thirty hours in a leadership role and forty hours of career exploration. Girls must also complete at least sixty-five hours of research, preparation, service, and evaluation for a project that serves a need in their community, locally or globally.

Ms. Stanley developed and implemented a plan to expand the literature collection at the Eldon library with the hopes that a greater selection of books would promote literacy, especially for children, in her community. Her project was so successful that she was able to help the Dixon library as well. Kassandra says because of this project, she plans to pursue a career helping people.

"We are proud of the accomplishments of all the young women who have earned their Girl Scout Gold Award and feel honored to celebrate with them," said Chief Executive officer Anne Soots. "It is inspiring to see their leadership in, and dedication to, their communities."

Fewer than 5 percent of all Girl Scouts nationwide earn the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award annually. Twenty-three girls from Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland earned the award this year, and were honored at a special ceremony in Cape Girardeau on June 1.

About the Girl Scout Gold Award

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award that a Girl Scout age 14-18 may earn, often described as "what you really want to be remembered for" in Girl Scouting. For many, the leadership skills, organizational skills, and sense of community and commitment that come from "going for the Gold" set the foundation for a lifetime of active citizenship.

About the Girl Scout Leadership Experience

Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls in grades K-12. With 3.3 million girl and adult members worldwide, Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls' healthy development. Today's Girl Scout Leadership Experience has evolved to fit a wide variety of interests of schedules. With five program pathways – events, series, camp, troops, and travel– girls have more options and more reasons to join than ever before. Through hands-on learning opportunities and a girl-led decision-making process, the Girl Scout Leadership Experience empowers girls to discover a strong sense of self, connect with others in a changing world, and take action to help make the world a better place.

About Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland has a membership of approximately 17,000 girls and 6,000 adults across 68 counties in central and southern Missouri, southeast Kansas, and northeast Oklahoma. With the support of community partners, donors, and volunteers, we mentor and support girls as they develop crucial life skills and prepare to take the lead – today, tomorrow, and for the rest of their lives. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to Girl Scouts, call 877-312-4764 or visit us on the web at www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org.