Girl Scouts from throughout Orange County were presented with prestigious awards for their commitment to the ideals of Girl Scouting and for completing projects that have sustainable and significant impact on the community at a luncheon hosted by Girl Scouts of Orange County. More than 700 Girl Scouts, volunteers and their families attended the event at the Anaheim Hilton on June 1 to recognize outstanding Girl Scouts from throughout Orange County. The event also honored 149 Girl Scouts who earned the Girl Scout Gold Award in 2013, which is the highest and most prestigious award that a Girl Scout Senior or Girl Scout Ambassador may earn.
Girl Scout Ambassador Sachi Uyemura of Corona del Mar was recognized with the Girl Scouts Take Action Award and was an Orange County nominee for the Girl Scouts of America’s National Yong Women of Distinction Award. The award recognizes ten Girl Scout Gold Award recipients whose final projects demonstrated extraordinary leadership, had a measurable and sustainable impact, and addressed a local challenge that relates to a global or national issue. For her Girl Scout Gold Award, Sachi was determined to not only provide a source of clean water to Cambodians by providing an underserved community a water well, but also to teach them good hygiene and dental care to prevent cavities and illness. Sachi consulted with advisors and organized lesson plans and collected supplies for hygiene kits, teaching aids, books, toys and office products. She worked with a local Cambodian nonprofit to gain access to classrooms, students and teachers. In July 2013, she traveled to Cambodia, where she and her travel mates assembled 144 hygiene kits that included a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss and soap. Sachi taught the school children proper dental hygiene and donated books, toys and stationary to the school. She shared lesson plan notebooks and teaching aides with the local teachers so they could use her lesson plans in the future. In addition, using cookie proceeds, she was able to fund construction of a community well that should be completed by the end of 2014, ensuring clean water for residents.
New Girl Scout troops are forming in your area and all girls in grades K12 are eligible to join– visit www.girlscoutsoc.org/join.