BANGOR, Maine — A fellow Girl Scout gave Alyssa Duron a high-five Sunday after she was awarded the coveted Girl Scout Gold Award, the most prestigious award in Girl Scouting.
The two girls were discussing the award that hung around Duron’s neck after an honor ceremony at All Souls Church, which was the recipient of a new Web site link designed by Duron to spotlight the church’s youth mission program.
To earn a Gold Award, Scouts must dedicate at least 65 hours to planning and implementing a project that has “a positive and lasting effect on the community,” Annie Hawkins of Troop 31 said during the ceremony.
Duron, a Hampden Academy senior who moved to Maine with her family in 2005 from Nebraska, also has received the Girl Scout Silver Award and Bronze Award. She earned the silver for her work in setting up a library on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, and her bronze for teaching youth about pet care.
Since her arrival in Maine, Duron has helped build a food pantry in Newport, worked on a coastal boardwalk, educated youth about Internet safety, and spent time in Nuevo Sacramento, Honduras, building shelters and assisting in the pharmacy, her dad, Bobby Duron, said during the presentation.
She did those things as a Scout and a member of the All Souls youth program, ASSIST-JC, which stands for “All Souls Students in Service to Jesus Christ.”
The Web page created by Duron is linked to the All Souls’ Web page at www.allsoulsbangor.com, and may be accessed by selecting the youth category.
“We are delighted to have it,” said the Rev. Renee Garrett, who is Duron’s adviser.
Garrett also thanked Duron for her work with Internet safety.
“This incredible tool we have is also a monster,” she said, adding that when Duron talks to youth about how to stay safe, “they [get] it.”
During the ceremony, Hampden Troop 738 presented Duron with a plaque, Troop 232 sang her a song about being a Girl Scout, and a candle-lighting ritual was held.
Her mom, Stefanie Duron, presented her with the President’s Volunteer Service Award for racking up more than 250 volunteer hours in one year.
“Gold equals outstanding achievement,” Dawn Wentworth, program manager for Girl Scouts of Maine, said after placing a gold pin attached to a gold ribbon around Duron’s neck.
Wentworth challenged Duron to continue to live her life with Girl Scout principles, and to “live with honor and lead by example.”
Afterward Duron gave her mom a mini Gold Award, and said, “Without her I wouldn’t have gotten where I am. She’s been the biggest help.”