REDDING, Conn. -- Colleen Stimola of Redding helped lift the spirits of patients in Norwalk Hospital's Pediatric Department to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award.
Stimola collected more than 80 Halloween costumes for children of all ages and also recruited volunteers to create more than 300 activity kits for children who were staying overnight or longer at the hospital.
A Redding Girl Scout troop will restock items in the future. Stimola plans to study business in college.
A total of 61 girls across the state were honored by Girl Scouts of Connecticut for earning their Gold Award this year in a statewide ceremony last month at the University of New Haven.
“These 61 girls are incredible examples of how a girl can truly change the world around her,” said Mary Barneby, CEO of Girl Scouts of Connecticut.
“Our exemplary Gold Award recipients have made a sustainable impact in their community through hours of hard work and dedication," she said.
"Their achievements are a testament to the power of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.
"We expect great things from them as they continue to thrive and succeed in their future endeavors!”
The Gold Award is the highest award a girl can earn in Girl Scouting. To earn the Gold Award, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts in grades 9 to 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, according to a statement from Girl Scouts of Connecticut.
For more information about the Gold Award or how to become a Gold Award volunteer or mentor, visit www.gsofct.org/pages/GoldAward.php .
Girl Scouts of Connecticut is the largest girl-empowerment organization in the state, serving nearly 44,000 girls and more than 18,000 adult volunteers. Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. For further information, visit www.gsofct.org or call 800-922-2770.