Girl Scout’s Gold Award

To the editor:

Girl Scouts have a long and varied history in the city of Carlinville. Many girls remember Scout meetings at the Little House, where every spring daffodils emerge and bloom in the shape of the Girl Scout pin. Some of us were part of Vena Boring’s Junior High Scout troop that performed Christmas Follies in December at the high school and L’il Abner in the spring.

Girl Scouts, as the Boy Scouts, have a top level achievement award. Since 1980, it is called the Gold Award. The week of August 9, this paper erroneously printed on the front page that Miss Emma Smith was the first girl in Carlinville to be awarded the Gold Award. We applaud Miss Smith and her parents for the dedication and efforts that they put forth in order to achieve the Gold Award, but other girls from Carlinville are Gold Award Girl Scouts too.

Unfortunately, the Central Illinois Girl Scout Council (CIGSC) has serious record keeping issues. The council could not give us a complete list of names and the year of the award. Thankfully, with help from parents and past Carlinville leaders, we were able to compile a list of girls and dates. In this issue you will read a purchased ad recognizing our past Girl Scout Gold Award winners from Carlinville. If we have not included a name of someone you know that received the Gold Award, please contact me. I will gladly give the CIGSC a complete list of girls from Carlinville who are Gold Award Girl Scouts.

Suzanne Humphreys,