Girl Scout Gold Award

Rebecca Merkel, 16, recently completed her Girl Scout Gold Award Project titled: “Rain Barrels for Water Collection and Stormwater Control.”

NEWARK, Del. — Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay is honored to announce that Rebecca Merkel, a junior at Kent Island High School, has earned the has earned the highest award in Girl Scouting, the Girl Scout Gold Award. She will be recognized as part of the 2020 Girl Scout Gold Award Class at a Spring 2021 event.

Rebecca’s Gold Award project, titled “Rain Barrels for Water Collection and Stormwater Control,” aimed to address water conservation as well as the prevention of flooding and erosion.

She organized a team of volunteers and library staff, researched solutions for the environmental concerns, and implemented the creation and installation of a new rain barrel for the Queen Anne’s County Library in Centerville. She also replaced an informative sign at the library and created a video on building rain barrels to educate others on how to use rain barrels to help with stormwater control, flood periods, and pollution control.

Rebecca said, “My Gold Award experience really opened my eyes to lots of new things. With this project, I got to learn more about the environment. I also learned more about collaborating with a team of people trying to reach the same goal.”

Rebecca’s contribution to the Queen Anne’s County Library will last for years. The rain barrel and the replaced sign, as well as her Youtube video, will provide a sustained source of water conservation and education for the community. You can find the link to her video on our website,

To earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, Rebecca completed more than 80 hours of work.

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