Three PG Girl Scouts earn highest honor through community service efforts

By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: August 9, 2019 | 12:30 p.m.

Vinson, Philpot, Milam receive Girl Scouts Gold Awards

PRINCE GEORGE – Three Prince George County Girl Scouts have attained the organization’s highest honor, the Girl Scout Gold Award, thanks to their efforts in giving back to their communities.

This month, Emily Vinson, Chelsea Philpot, and Daniele Milam were recognized for their achievements during the Prince George County Board of Supervisors meeting, joined by parents, friends, and supporting onlookers. In order to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, which is considered to be the most prestigious and most difficult award to earn within the organization, a scout must tackle an important issue that matters to them, while finding a way to make an impact and take action to address it, while also sharing and inspiring others, leaving a lasting impression both the Scout and community in which they live. 

While the Girl Scouts say the minimum hours for a Gold Award project is 80 hours, all three young women logged hundreds of hours by the end of each of their individual Gold Award projects. 

For Vinson, who was sponsored by Disputanta Volunteer Fire Department, her efforts were focused on creating a fire safety awareness program for children in Prince George County, working with local volunteer fire departments and the National Park Service. As part of her project, she helped work with the departments to have them bring fire apparatuses and equipment out for children to see up close so they wouldn’t be afraid if they ever had to encounter them in their lives. 

The special event was free and open to children across Prince George. In addition, Vinson hosted classes on EDITH, short for “Exit Drills in the Home,” the classic safety adage of stop, drop, and roll, walkthroughs to help kids understand fire detectors and alarms, how to exit safely in the event of a fire and what to do when encountering outdoor fires.

According to county officials, Vinson had logged over 500 hours by the time she finished her Gold Award project.

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As homelessness continues to be an issue across the Commonwealth and nation, Philpot sought to help those homeless and underprivileged people in the community by creating a dental clinic to help show proper flossing, brushing, and rinsing techniques, along with games and activities to help encourage younger kids to want to take care of their teeth.

In addition, she held a class that taught basic oral hygiene that utilized local dentists and even showed attendees the science of toothpaste, used songs, and coloring books to help engage children and leave an impression about good oral health on them for the future, with over 500 hours of work going into her Gold Award project. 

For Milam’s project, she created a special summer enrichment program using the English language for fostered and underprivileged children locally. The class was three hours with music serving as both the motivator and catalyst. During the class, she taught the young students poetry using their favorite genres of music, along with their favorite music. 

She also gave the children valuable life skills, like teaching them how to properly address an envelope, how to write letters and thank you notes and when you use them, along with lessons on manners and writing with specific parameters. Milam also taught the students phonics and how to sign their names, with over 500 being logged toward her project. 

“The Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting, recognizing girls who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through remarkable Take Action projects that have sustainable impact in their communities-and beyond,” the organization explained, with only a small percentage of eligible Scouts successfully earning the award. 

Vinson, Philpot, and Milam joined one million girls who have earned the Gold Award or its equivalent over the last near-100 years.

To learn more about the Girl Scouts Gold Award program, visit their website at https://girlscouts.org/gogoldonline/.

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