Lycoming County Girl Scout members win Gold Awards
Two Lycoming County Girl Scout members won Gold Awards, the highest achievement possible for Girl Scout members.
The prestigious awards were given to Jenna Davis, a senior at Hughesville High School, and Asiah Savage, a 2020 graduate from Hughesville High School.
“I feel very accomplished for receiving this award,” Savage said.
Savage became a Girl Scout member at age 4 and has now been a part of the organization for 15 years.
“I feel my project impacted the younger generation in my community, and that’s who I was really striving to impact,” said Savage.
To achieve a Gold Award, a high-school-level Girl Scout member must follow through with a set of guidelines, which are set to showcase the dedication and effort of each inquiring member.
“It wasn’t an easy thing to do, and it took a lot of commitment and effort, and the fact that I followed through with it makes me very proud,” Savage said.
For Savage’s project, she chose to hold a singing camp for kids ages 8 to 12.
“I taught them how to sing with proper technique, how to take care of your voice, how to stay confident in your singing and how to sing and perform with others. I also made sure to bring up the effects music can have on a person, such as elevating your mood,” Savage said.
Each year, Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania gives out a series of high level awards, each specified to different levels of achievement and grade level.
There are three different levels of awards: Bronze Award for 4th and 5th graders; Silver Award for 6th, 7th and 8th graders; and Gold Award for members in high school.
“The key to all these awards is community service. …One of the things that we’re looking for is how the project that they’re working on is going to be sustained after they’re done. So once they start something, then there’ll be a legacy that lives beyond that Girl Scout doing that, or their troop doing that project,” said Janet Donovan, CEO of Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania.
Bronze and Silver awards are often obtained as a troop, as the girls collectively find something that they are passionate about to create a project out of.
“The girls will get together and they will choose together as a troop, a project that they’re passionate about, and then they will decide to reach out to the nonprofit that they’re trying to help with. …Something that the girls are passionate about, and then (they) have to go through a series of requirements in order to get the bronze award,” Donovan said.
Savage is currently attending The School of Music at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. She is majoring in Commercial music with an emphasis on vocal performance.