Elizabeth Arend of Highland has received the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive.
For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, called “CAMP” (Collect, Acquisition, Make and Provide), Arend improved cabins at Camp Torqua, a 72-acre camp near Edwardsville that girls use for outdoor experiences. Arend, who has been a Girl Scout for 12 years, painted and re-stained cabins, made 70 curtains and curtain rods for cabin windows and had old electrical light sockets replaced with flat electrical covers. In addition, she planned and supervised the framing, stoning and pouring of a concrete slab under the pumpkin patch pavilion.
“During my Girl Scout Gold Award project, I learned how to be patient with others, how to better manage time, people and resources to successfully complete my project,” said Arend, the daughter of Ronald and Kathy Arend of Highland and a junior at Highland High School.
The Girl Scout Gold Award recognizes a Girl Scout’s commitment to excellence as she develops skills and values to meet present and future challenges in her life. To earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, a Girl Scout Senior or Girl Scout Ambassador must design and carry out a project that fulfills a need within a girl’s community, creates change, and is sustainable. The project must be completed with a suggested minimum of 80 hours of work. Only about 6 percent of eligible girls earn the prestigious Gold Award.