Sarasota County resident and Venice High School graduate Bekah Horsley earned Girl Scouting’s highest honor – the Gold Award – with her project titled, Goals for Grenada.
Horsley has been playing soccer since age four. As she matured, she realized that not all kids have the opportunity to play. Horsley took her passion for the sport to the poorest community in Grenada and hosted a soccer camp for the local children. She brought balls, shin guards, socks, goals, and even custom shirts for 50 children. In spite of cultural differences, Horsley was able to connect with the children through their shared love for the international sport.
Horsley realized, “Because of this project, I learned what true joy is. Joy and happiness do not come from material items. Joy comes from community, human connection, and simplicity.”
The Girl Scout Gold Award, open to high school Girl Scouts, recognizes girls who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through take-action projects with sustainable impact in their communities. The Gold Award is so prestigious that some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award Girl Scouts, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.