Muncy Girl Scout earns prestigious award, builds community with park enhancements

MUNCY – Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania (GSHPA) recently announced Elysia Hinkel, from Troop 60263 in Muncy, earned the Girl Scout’s highest honor, the Gold Award.

The Muncy High School graduate completed her Gold Award project, called “Picnic Tables for Muncy Historical Park.”

Picnic Tables for Muncy Historical Park, a project developed and executed by Hinkel, provided the park with more seating to help increase the number of visitors to the park.

Hinkel hopes that in addition to enjoying the park enhancements, the community would be inspired by her work.

“Others may see the impact created for this community and see something in their community that needs improvement. A chain reaction could be made to create a better world to live in,” said Elysia.

In addition to growing a sense of her community by providing a place to gather, Hinkel discovered something in herself.

“This project helped me grow, not only in my character, but also as a leader to my generation,” she said.

Hinkel said that her newfound leadership skills will be applied during her resident assistant (RA) training in college.

The Girl Scout Gold Award challenges Girl Scouts in grades nine through 12 to change the world, no matter how big or small their impact might be.

“Through the Gold Award, girls get passionate about a cause, collaborate with fellow community members and take on a challenge,” said Jane Ransom, GSHPA’s CEO. “We’re excited to see how the Gold Award experience has inspired recipients to grow as young women leaders in their communities and the world.”

Hinkel and other Gold Award recipients from across central and northeastern Pennsylvania will be honored at a Gold Award luncheon in summer 2015.

Hinkel graduated from Muncy High School this year and is a first-year student at the Word of Life Bible Institute.