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Groton Girl Scout Katelyn Murphy has earned her Girl Scout Gold Award. She was recently celebrated at Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts annual Girl Scout Gold Award ceremony.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. The Girl Scout’s project is something that fulfills a need within a girl’s community, whether local or global, creates change, and hopefully, is something that becomes ongoing. The project usually takes about two years to complete. Last year, approximately 5,500 girls received the Girl Scout Gold Award. That was around 5.4 percent of the eligible registered Girl Scouts in grades 10-12.

For her Girl Scout Gold Award, Murphy went to a summer camp for children with special needs for five consecutive weeks to teach dance and teamwork. Murphy and volunteers worked with two age groups K-1, and second- and third-graders. Each week Murphy and her volunteers would incorporate dance and social interaction around the camp’s weekly theme. Ultimately, Murphy used dance as motivation for the children to develop social and team-building skills while enjoying themselves.