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Bladen County Girl Scout earns Highest Honor for The Power of Art and Sports Project

Photo courtesy the Hardin family

       
Raleigh, N.C.— Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines congratulates Natalie Rae Hardin of Elizabethtown, N.C., for earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, which is the highest achievement in Girl Scouting.
 
For her Gold Award project, Hardin partnered with The Boys and Girls Home of North Carolina at Lake Waccamaw (BGHNC) to develop art and athletic camps for the children residing at the home. Hardin developed and conducted an art camp, soccer camp, and baseball camp for the children. She compiled a booklet of the activities for the camps and donated the supplies needed for the continuation and replication of the camps.
 
“Recreational and art therapy are two identified ways to help young people build self-esteem, feel valued as part of a team, and express themselves in a healthy way. My project was designed to accomplish this by providing materials, equipment, and people to conduct day camps for the kids at the BGHNC,” described Hardin.
 
Hardin is the daughter of Wilt and Tracy Hardin and is a senior at Harrells Christian Academy. Hardin has been in Girl Scouts since 2002 and is in Girl Scout Troop #224 led by Barbara Graham and Toni Cross. In addition to Girl Scouting, Hardin plays varsity volleyball, basketball, and soccer and is active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
 
By earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, Hardin has become a community leader. Her accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart.
 
“Through her project, Natalie has demonstrated she possesses the proven qualities of a community leader and the Girl Scout Gold Award designation is truly a remarkable achievement,” said Lisa Jones, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines. “She recognized a need in her community and took action to create a sustainable response. The art and athletic activities she brought to the children of BGHNC will have a lasting impact on the children she interacted with and the children who reside in the home for years to come.”
 
Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.
 
 
About the Gold Award
The Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting; it recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to go gold, an act that indelibly marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world.
 
About Girl Scouts
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls, with 3.2 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouting is the leading authority on girls’ healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. The organization serves girls from every corner of the United States and its territories.
 
In partnership with more than 10,000 adult volunteers, Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines serves more than 28,000 girl members in 41 central and eastern North Carolina counties. (Counties are: Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Chatham, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Granville, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Hoke, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Martin, Moore, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Orange, Pamlico, Pender, Person, Pitt, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Vance, Wake, Warren, Wayne, and Wilson.) The council's administrative headquarters is located in Raleigh, with additional program and service centers located in Fayetteville, Goldsboro and Wilmington. For more information on membership or volunteer opportunities, call 800-284-4475 or visit www.nccoastalpines.org.

   
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