Rockford, Illinois News

Local teen wins Girl Scouting’s highest award

POPLAR GROVE, Ill. — A Poplar Grove girl has earned Girl Scouting’s highest award.

Gabrielle Brewer, who’s been scouting for several years, was honored with the Girl Scout Gold Award for demonstrating extraordinary leadership through the organization’s Take
Action Projects which have sustainable impact in her local and global communities,

Gabrielle worked with “Hoo” Haven Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center to create an updated workspace for the nonprofit’s staff and volunteers. “Hoo” Haven is dedicated to
rehabilitating and releasing sick, injured, and orphaned North American wildlife.

The teen’s project provided an efficient and functional workspace and opened extra room for more animals to be housed. The new workspace gives volunteers added space to prepare food for animals and can now accommodate volunteers who needed workspace adaptations.

The center’s director and volunteers will maintain the newly designed workspace and use the videos to continue raising awareness and support for “Hoo” Haven’s animal-friendly mission.

Gabrielle and her team also created two videos to help the center. One will be used for educational purposes with school groups, open houses, and on the center’s website. The second highlights “Hoo” Haven’s forever animals.

The Girl Scout Gold Award
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. The award encourages girls to explore many facets of leadership today’s society needs, including leadership of self,
leadership through influence of peers, and leadership as a mentor/ and coach. Gold Award projects help girls develop project management skills, solve a community need, and are designed to be

Girls can earn highest awards at various Girl Scout levels. Girl Scout Juniors (grades 4–5) can earn the Girl Scout Bronze Award while Girl Scout Cadettes (grades 6–8) can earn the Girl Scout Silver Award. Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors (grades 9–12) can earn the Girl Scout Gold Award.