Rachel Eugley of Greenfield and Megan Jackson of Old Town have earned the highest award in Girl Scouting, the Gold Award, for their shared community service project, Harvest Hands Community Garden.
Girl Scouts of Maine held the 2010 Girl Scout Gold and Silver Award Ceremony on June 19 at Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield.
“The Girl Scout Gold Award recognizes a girl’s accomplishments and commitment to excellence as she develops the skills and values required to meet the present and future leadership challenges in her life,” said Joan McDonald, Girl Scouts of Maine CEO. “Going for the Gold means a girl must commit at least 65 hours to planning, implementing and evaluating a community service project. It’s a national award with national standards, and Girl Scouts of Maine is honored to present the Gold Award to Megan and Rachel on behalf of Girl Scouts of the USA.”
Eugley and Jackson, both members of Troop 239, have been Girl Scouts for 11 years. For their Gold Award service project, they collaborated on planning and planting a community garden at the Old Town Recreation Center to provide fresh produce to the food cupboard at Crossroads Ministries.
“We have great volunteers from Crossroads working to sustain the garden now,” said Eugley.
“Yes,” said Jackson, “and we’re happy that, in the first year alone, over 300 pounds of produce was harvested and given to the needy.”
Girl Scouts of Maine serves more than 16,000 girl and adult members statewide. For information on membership and volunteer opportunities, call Girl Scouts of Maine at 888-922-4763 or visit www.girlscoutsofmaine.org.