TRUCKEE, Calif. — Rebecca Berelson of Truckee is one of six girls who were presented with the Gold Award, the highest award a girl can earn in Girl Scouting, in front of an audience of 360 family members, community leaders, and friends at the Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada’s annual awards ceremony on Saturday, May 3 at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa.
The All That Glitters awards ceremony honors Girl Scout girl members who have earned the highest awards in Girl Scouting during the past year. In addition to the six Gold Awards, 22 girls received the Silver Award and 131 received the Bronze Award.
Rebecca Berelson organized Eco Kids as her culminating project for the Girl Scout Gold Award, hoping that Eco Kids would provide an environmental education hot spot at Glenshire Elementary School. The Eco Kids Club has been working hard helping their school and larger community understand and acknowledge environmental issues. While the club has only been around for a few months, Eco Kids is already thriving and will continue on for the rest of the year, as well as continuing into the next upcoming years.
Eco Kids participated in the Truckee High School Envirolution Club’s Trashion Show at Glenshire Elementary on March 6, as well as the Envirolution Trashion Gala on March 7. Many of the Eco Kids students created dresses made out of plastic bags for the shows. They also made “Paper Bag Vests” and reusable bags made from old T-shirts during meetings in recognition of the town of Truckee’s Plastic Bag Initiative, which will be effective June 1.
Berlson, who is a Truckee High School valedictorian, will attend UC Berkeley in the fall as a Regents’ and Chancellor Scholar.
Berlson believes it is great for younger students and teachers to see how much Eco Kids does for their school and how much impact they can have through their participation in the Trashion shows.
“Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award designation is truly a remarkable achievement, and these young women exemplify leadership in everything they do,” said Julia Ratti, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada. “By discovering their passions, connecting with the community, and taking action, the girls learn to lead with courage, confidence and character.”
Fifteen local girls achieved their Bronze Award, which is the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can earn. The girls, from two Truckee troops, earned this award through projects which made a positive impact on their community. Troop 62 worked with Project MANA and Truckee Reads, while Troop 692 coordinated “Favorite Family Hikes.”
For more information on how to join, volunteer or donate to the Girl Scouts, call 800-222-5406 or visit www.gssn.org.