Editor's Note: The following information was provided by Girls Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts.
Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts is proud to announce that Wilmington Girl Scout Katrina Keating received her Girl Scout Gold Award pin on Wednesday, June 20, at a ceremony at the Boxborough Holiday Inn. The event was attended by family, friends and Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts' CEO, Ruth N. Bramson, and Board President, Peggy Stevens.
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award that a Girl Scout can achieve, and it recognizes a service project that fulfills a need within a girl's community whether local or global, creates change, and becomes ongoing.
To earn the award, girls must complete the Silver Award and a minimum of 80 hours of service. The project is more than a good service project—it encompasses organizational, leadership, and networking skills. Just five percent, approximately, of all Girl Scouts earn this award each year.
Keating’s project, Upkeep of Historical Buildings, highlighted local historical landmarks in need of repair and raised awareness of the need for ongoing preservation. Keating and a group of volunteers began by repairing the stairs and performing other general maintenance for the local food pantry. Keating then collected data on historical properties and community projects that needed attention and volunteers.
She created a website to list the landmarks that needed repair, and to enlist Wilmington Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and volunteers from the community to assist with these projects.
Members of the community, town department heads and project consultants have agreed to maintain the website.