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Gold Award: Bringing Generations Together


Courtney Wiedenmann and Grandmother, Violet

Gold Award recipient, Courtney Wiedenmann and her grandmother, Curved Bar recipient, Violet Wiedenmann, share their thoughts on the values and traditions of Girl Scouts.

When Violet Wiedenmann was a Girl Scout in the 1930s and 40s she sold cookies for 25 cents and earned badges for the upcoming trend of photography. Today, cookies go for $4 a box and girls are now earning badges for coding, but the values have always held true.

“I think it’s a wonderful idea to keep up with the times and keep up with new technologies that we didn’t have at the time,” says Violet.

Violet earned the Curved Bar in 1945 and her granddaughter, Courtney, almost 70 years later earned her Gold Award. Both High Awards are representative of girl’s commitment to scouting with the name changing a few times over the past 100 years. Throughout the changes, however, the Gold Award has always focused on leadership and a service to others.

“All of my experiences have given me so many leadership skills and helped me to learn about myself and figure out who I am as a person,” says Courtney. “I’ve been in Girl Scouts since Kindergarten and it has definitely helped me discover what I want to do and how to help others.”

Violet and Courtney are connected not only through their achievements in Girl Scouts, but also an appreciation for the environment and nature.

“I was born an outdoor person!” says Violet. “I think that’s why I liked Girl Scouting so much because we were around a lot of great people and did a lot of outdoor work. We used to have the most fun outdoors; it brings back such wonderful memories!”

Although Violet and Courtney’s experiences are set many years apart, the tradition of fun and friendship in the outdoors has always held true. Through experiences at camp, girls have the opportunity really connect to nature and learn their potential.

“The outdoors is a vital part to figuring out who you are and find your true self,” says Courtney. “Solving problems as they arise and working with others on challenges-that really helped with developing my leadership skills.”

The commitment to Girl Scouts in the Wiedenmann family is undeniable. Both women are products of the courage, confidence, and character that the organization develops in girls.

“Girl Scouts has so much to offer. You learn responsibility, work with friends, learn cooperation, and learn how to take instructions- there’s just no end to the availability of rewards you get in return,” says Violet.