Casey Ford receives national Girl Scout honor

Casey Ford of Shelton received her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor a girl can earn in Girl Scouting.

In order to earn the Gold Award, senior and ambassador Girl Scouts between grades 9-12 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.

Ford’s Gold Award project addressed the clash between reading and technology. Her project worked towards helping younger students become more interested in reading for leisure. Casey held a book club where different books were read and different topics were discussed.

By the end of her project, she found that more students were inclined to read at home when they were bored instead of relying on technology. Her “Book Nook Club” will continue to run next year by underclassmen.

“On a national level, only four to six percent of Girl Scouts earn this prestigious honor, and I am beyond proud of our girls,” said Mary Barneby, CEO of Girl Scouts of Connecticut. “By earning the Gold Award, Girl Scouts set themselves apart as top achievers, and are incredible women of confidence, courage, and character, who make the world a better place.”