Charlotte County resident and Lemon Bay High School graduate Bailey Chamberlain earned Girl Scouting’s highest honor—the Gold Award—with her project titled Let’s Talk About It.
Bailey wanted to give a voice to children of all ages who have experienced sexual assault and educate the school system about the signs of sexual assault, safety tips, and where to get help. She passed a proclamation through the Charlotte County Board of Commissioners stating that one week each school year will be devoted to educating students and staff about sexual violence, which Bailey has arranged to be delivered by the Center For Abuse & Rape Emergencies.
“You have to speak up and give others the courage to speak up as well. I want to be a leader that will do something and make the world a better place.”
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.