Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines has recognized Madeline Smith of Smithfield for becoming a Gold Award Girl Scout, a designation she earned by creating handcrafted items that can be donated to organizations that need them.
Given the amount of people staying home and lack of volunteer opportunities currently available, Madeline shared these items and how to make them with other individuals in her community to give them a way to give back to others while staying safe.
The Gold Award is the mark of the truly remarkable—earned by a high school Girl Scout who works to address an issue she’s passionate about in a way that produces meaningful and lasting change. Whether it’s on a local, national, or global level, Gold Award Girl Scouts provide innovative solutions to significant challenges.
“Gold Award Girl Scouts don’t just change the world for the better, they change it for good—and Madeline embodies everything this achievement stands for,” said Lisa Jones, chief executive officer, Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines. “Madeline addressed an issue that’s important to her—poverty—for her Gold Award, and we congratulate her on this momentous accomplishment.”
Madeline is the daughter of Dr. Curtis and Dr. Julie Smith and she is a senior at North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. She has been in Girl Scouts for 13 years and is in Girl Scout Troop #614 led by Julie Smith. In addition to Girl Scouting, she is a Varsity Wrestling team captain, youth leader at her synagogue, volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, is a kids’ Brazilian jiujitsu instructor, and a Kode4Kids instructor.
Since the council unification in 2007 through 2019, 757 Girl Scouts have earned their Gold Award as a result of their efforts to transform an idea and vision for change into an actionable plan with measurable, sustainable, and far-reaching impact.