Meg Clark, a senior at the Toledo Natural Science Technology Center and Bowsher Senior High School, recently received her Girl Scout Gold Award, one of only 6% of all scouts nationwide who ever receive the prestigious honor.


The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award that Girl Scouts in grades 9–12 can earn. To achieve it, a Girl Scout must complete a service project that reaches beyond the Girl Scout organization and provides lasting benefit to the larger community. Girls must commit a minimum of 80 hours to a specific project over the time span of one to two years. The project must include community involvement, an innovative approach, project sustainability and must educate and inspire others.

When deciding on her project, Meg, a 12-year member of the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, was inspired by her love of animals. She researched and developed an animal care guide for children, focusing on the 13 most common pets. Her guide teaches children how to be responsible pet owners and covers everything from needed supplies, safety, food and health.

In addition to developing the guide, Meg interviewed professionals from the Toledo Area Humane Society and created a DVD for children to watch. The shelter plans to use the materials Meg developed in its education classes and as resource materials for families considering adopting a new pet.

Meg plans to attend Michigan State University and major in Animal Sciences.

Posted on March 11, 2016