Historic Georgia Girl Scout Council wins top awards

ALBANY -- It was a bumper crop of awards this year for the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia, with 238 bronze, 83 silver and 30 gold awards claimed throughout the council, according to the organization's marketing and communications officer, Debbie Caballero.

The Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia council includes Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon and Albany, an area of more that 45,000 square miles.

"We're so proud of all the 2012 award recipients," Caballero said. "Each is a girl of courage, confidence and character who has given many hours of community service in fulfillment of our mission to make the world a better place. Those we honor with council- and board-level awards have enriched the lives of girls throughout the state and served as examples of leadership and the values expressed in the Girl Scout Law."

Caballero said that Albany-area recipients were presented their awards during a special ceremony on May 6 at Avalon United Methodist Church on Gillionville Road. Je'nell Hubbard, of Albany High School, the only Albany-area gold award winner, also participated in the traditional pinning of her mother, acknowledging the importance of mothers in successful achievement of high-level Girl Scout awards.

Hubbard's winning project, a "No Texts, No Wrecks" campaign, educated her peers and her community about the hazards of texting while driving, Caballero said. Hubbard employed a PowerPoint presentation with statistics and a mock video as a part of her program. Following her presentation, Hubbard asked viewers to sign a pledge not to text and drive. According to Caballero, Girl Scout gold award projects require at least 80 hours of dedicated effort that show civic responsibility as well as a deep understanding of the Girl Scout Promise and Law.

Silver awards were given to Albany-area Scouts Brittney Cameron and Ander Hall, Caballero said. To earn a silver award, the highest possible for a Cadet, or scout in grades 6-8, the Girl Scout is required to discover and expand her interests, build leadership skills, improve her time management and community skills, and translate the ideals of Girl Scouting into her everyday life. Those skills must then be demonstrated through a Take Action service project that challenges her strengths and skills, uses community resources and benefits others.