Wenger receives Girl Scout Gold Award

By on May 21, 2014

Elizabeth Wenger, 18, of Lititz, was honored by the leaders of the Rolling Hills Girl Scout Community for completion of the Girl Scout Gold Award. Elizabeth achieved the award by creating an online directory of volunteer opportunities for teens.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. Approximately 5 percent of eligible girls nationally earn the award, which requires completion of a leadership project that is at least 80 hours in length. Each girl must discover an issue in the community, connect with experts and community members, and take action to affect positive change.

For the Girl Scout Gold Award project, Elizabeth combined her desire to see more area teens involved in community service with her communication, research, and design abilities. She secured approval for and led the compilation of a list of local organizations with volunteer opportunities for teens. She researched the organizations, communicated with their leaders to gather specific details about volunteer opportunities, and created a website (gogiltzteen.org) to share descriptions and contact information for area organizations that welcome teen involvement. The website is colorful, upbeat, and appealing to youth, making it a valuable resource for connecting teens with ways to serve the community.

Elizabeth has been a Girl Scout for 12 years and is currently an Ambassador Girl Scout in Troop 70248 in the Rolling Hills Community of the Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania Council. She is a senior at Warwick High School, a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and National Business Honor Society. She is an accomplished multi-sport athlete and will attend Georgetown University in the fall to study International Business and play collegiate-level soccer.

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