Manatee County resident and Braden River High School graduate Ashley Manevitch earned Girl Scouting’s highest honor—the Gold Award—with her project titled The Great Outdoors.
Children all over the world are spending less time outdoors and more time behind screens. Ashley created an activity booklet and teddy bear combo that creatively encourages children and their parents to spend time outside. Through her project, she has found families are healthier, happier, and more in touch with their natural surroundings. Ashley connected with a local day care provider who continues to share the activity booklets and teddy bears.
“Now I believe in my ability to lead a group, creatively problem solve, and think on my feet to achieve my goals.”
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.