Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the pinnacle of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, and it's available exclusively to Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors (9-12 grade). Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama (GSSA) would like to recognize West Mobile Christian School graduates Cailey and Hailey Starkey for receiving their Gold Awards.
Through the Gold Award, girls engage in a rigorous leadership
process, as they tackle issues they're passionate about to create
long-term, sustainable change. To earn the Gold Award, girls typically
spend one to two years exploring the root cause of a local or global
issue and partner with the community to create lasting
For Cailey’s project, she planned a girls weekend retreat called In-Depth and mentor groups called My Big Sister. The retreat focused on building self-confidence in girls as well as developing their faith through their self-image. The My Big Sister mentor groups were a chance for girls to mentor each other through their faith journey. Cailey wanted to help the girls in her student ministry group develop a positive self-image and inner strength through her programs.
For Hailey’s program, she created a retreat for girls and moms to help learn how to cope with the mental health effects of COVID-19. Hailey led activities and taught skills that helped teach the attendants different coping methods when dealing with mental health. After seeing the need for mental health awareness, Hailey wanted to give the girls and moms in her community the opportunity to decompress and learn new ways to help handle mental health during the pandemic.
Cailey will continue her passion for Girl Scouting as a camp counselor this summer and Hailey plans to become an elementary school teacher. Cailey and Hailey have been Girl Scouts for the past 12 years and look forward to continuing their lifetime memberships.
Through Girl Scouting, girls learn to face challenges head-on,
embrace failure as a learning opportunity, and find solutions to
social issues all while building the skills and courage they need to
take the lead every day. Earning the Gold Award is just one of the
amazing things girls can do as part of Girl Scouts.