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Celine Lowell, of Scarborough, earns 2017 Gold Award


An animal lover at heart, after seeing so many turtles killed by cars on Route 1 in Scarborough, Celine decided she wanted to take action to raise awareness of the turtles living in the marsh, and to protect these beloved creatures.

First, Celine went to the Center of Wildlife to research turtles, learning about the species, so that she could in turn educate people.  Then, she designed and constructed “Turtle Crossing” signs, which are installed in three locations along Route 1 to remind drivers on Route 1 to be on the lookout for turtles.

Celine also visited local classrooms, sharing with the students the importance of being aware of our slow-paced friends. She even put together a kit for teachers, so that they can continue to educate their students for years to come.  She also created an informational pamphlet that will be placed throughout Scarborough to educate the community.

Finally, Celine embraced the power of social media, creating a Facebook page “Scarborough Turtle Rescue and Conservation,” to share articles and facts about turtles, inspiring other turtle-lovers to take action. Because of her Facebook page, several people have already reached out to Celine for her assistance in relocating or helping injured turtles.

Celine says, when you really believe in a purpose and it has meaning to you, no matter how hard it might be, you never stop believing in it.

Celine, your advocacy and empathy for other makes you a leader, and makes us believe in you!

The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting, recognizing girls in grades nine through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through remarkable take-action projects that have sustainable impact in their communities and beyond.  It requires a minimum of 80 hours of work in planning and implementing the project. Only five percent of eligible girls take the path toward earning the Gold Award, but those who complete the journey change their lives and the lives of others in amazing ways. Learn more about all the highest awards in Girl Scouting.