CHARLESTON, W.Va. — One Barnesville, Ohio, Girl Scout has received the highest honor a Girl Scout can achieve: The Gold Award.

Kayla Crooks, an Ambassador in the Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council, developed a project to create a pet waste station at a local park.

Through her project, Crooks enabled visitors to keep the park clean and educate them on the environmental benefits.

By earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, Crooks has become a community leader. Her accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart.

"Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award is truly a remarkable achievement, and Kayla exemplifies leadership in all its forms," said Beth Casey, chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts of Black Diamond. "She saw a need in her community and took action. Her extraordinary dedication, perseverance and leadership is making the world a better place."

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About the Girl Scout Gold Award

Since 1916, girls have been making meaningful, sustainable change in their communities and around the world. The Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement a Girl Scout can earn, acknowledges the power behind each Gold Award Girl Scout’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others.

About Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council

Girl Scouts is the preeminent leadership organization for girls, with 2.7 million girl and adult members worldwide. Working in partnership with nearly 2,500 volunteers, Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council serves nearly 8,000 girls in 61 counties in West Virginia, Ohio, Virginia and Maryland. Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. To join, volunteer, reconnect, or support, visit or call 1-800-756-7616.