Are you a Girl Scout (now or ever)? The Lakewood troop wants to share your service stories

Neighborhood Girl Scout Troop 2838 are hoping to raise the profile the group’s highest awards to promote gender equality. While the Boy Scout’s top achievement, the Eagle Scout, is often listed on resumes and is a well-known achievement, the Girl Scout Gold Award doesn’t have the same reputation.

Troop 2838, based in Lakewood, hopes to change that. They are creating a multimedia project to promote gender equality by highlighting significant Girl Scout service projects around the world.

“Not only do we want to provide service project ideas for Girl Scouts, we also want to create awareness of the great community work being done by girls,” says Haley Coleman, member of Troop 2838. “In our research for project ideas, our troop noticed that being an Eagle Scout is often considered more prestigious than attaining the Gold Award as a Girl Scout and we want to help change that.”

The troop has designed a website, “More Than Just Cookies,” and will use it and social media to encourage other Girl Scouts (past and present) to share their service projects, resulting in a free online handbook highlighting these projects. To contribute your service project to the website, click here.