Wilton residents and 2015 Wilton High School graduates Cecelia Babchak and Michelle Garvey were among the 86 Girl Scouts honored during Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s 100th anniversary celebration of the Gold Award at Naugatuck Valley Community College on June 5.

The Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. To earn it, scouts in ninth through 12th grade are required to spend at least 80 hours researching issues, assessing community needs and resources, building a team, and making a sustainable impact in the community.

Eighty-six is the highest number of Gold Awardees the state of Connecticut has ever honored in one year.

“We are so thrilled to honor a record number of girls this year,” said Girl Scouts of Connecticut CEO Mary Barneby, “and we are excited to see how many more incredible young women will continue to change the world in the next 100 years.”

Since 2007, 506 Girl Scouts have earned the Gold Award in Connecticut and approximately 1 million scouts nationwide have earned the award over the last 100 years.

Cecilia’s project


Cecilia’s Gold Award project consisted of a three-day Creating Healthy Kids nutrition workshop for fourth-graders at Our Lady of Fatima School in Wilton last June.

During the workshop, Cecilia taught the students about nutrition and the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. She also had the students create a cookbook for them to take home and share with their friends and family.

Cecilia’s workshop has been implemented into the fourth grade science curriculum and will be taught to students for years to come.

Michelle’s project


For her Gold Award project, Michelle designed and produced pediatric trauma dolls to help hospitalized children communicate with doctors, nurses and staff at Norwalk Hospital.

Michelle created the dolls with the hope that they would provide a source of comfort for the patients to explain operations, imitate bandaging, and help express how they are feeling by drawing faces on them.

She brought the dolls to Norwalk Hospital and conducted a PowerPoint presentation explaining their uses. Norwalk Hospital’s New Canaan Sewing Group and Designs for Recovery Team will continue to work together and create dolls for patients.

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