Get ready world, these young ladies are poised to take charge ... and that is a very good thing!On May 6, an award ceremony was held for the Lake Trails Service Unit, which encompasses Girl Scout troops in Southlake, Westlake, Trophy Club and Colleyville and is a part of the Girl Scouts of Texas-Oklahoma Plains.The ceremony not only celebrated the amazing accomplishments this unit achieved as Girl Scouts this year, but also honored those girls who worked hard in earning their bronze, silver and gold awards.Bronze AwardThe bronze award, the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve, is a leadership adventure for more than half a million other Girl Scout Juniors (fourth and fifth grade) across the country and around the world. A troop plans and then completes a project with a suggested minimum time commitment of 20 hours. The results of this commitment are a deeper sense of confidence, exposure to new people in the community and working side by side with other Girl Scouts in order to make a difference.This year, girls in three troops worked diligently and earned the following bronze awards:Junior Troop 4024: Rachel Bumgardner, Sarah Chapin, Jenna Eads, Sally Hatfield, Kristina Kepic, Caitlin Murray, Kelley Anne Richards and troop leader Molly Richards. Troop 4024 worked with the Southlake Dragon Special Olympics Tennis Program, providing support to the coaches and team, assisting with practices throughout the season, culminating with the local Special Olympics tennis tournament. They also made spirit bags for each athlete on the team.Junior Troop 4028: Jayme Hernandez, Camille Carson, Rachel Boeck, Rebecca Williams and troop leaders Frances Hernandez and Robin Carson. They collected school supplies and magazine clippings for a program in Dallas, Rainbow Days, that offers summer camps for underprivileged children.Junior Troop 4040: Patricia Wozniak, Daniella Pena, Abby Glass, Endeavor Cummings, Lauren Fox, Catherine Andrew, Caroline Hao, Isabella Gumucio and troop leader Pam Wozniak. They learned to sew and made dresses out of pillowcases to send overseas through an organization called Little Dresses for Africa.Silver awardThe silver award is the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette (sixth through eighth grades) can earn. With a suggested minimum time commitment of 50 hours, this award gives girls the chance to show that they are leaders who are organized, determined and dedicated to improving their community.This year’s silver award went to Cadette Troop 4044. Troop 4044 made 600 reusable tote bags out of old and donated T-shirts that will be used at GRACE's Christmas Cottage and Tarrant County Food Bank.Gold awardThe highest award for any Girl Scout is the gold award presented to girls ages 14-18. Since 1916, the Golden Eaglet — now known as the Girl Scout Gold Award — has stood for excellence and leadership for girls everywhere. Often referred by Girls Scouts as “what you really want to be remembered for” in scouting, this award is the culmination of everything that a scout has learned.For many, the leadership skills, organizational skills and sense of community and commitment that come from “going for the Gold” sets the foundation for a lifetime of active citizenship.This project, with a minimum commitment of 80 hours, must fulfill a need within a girl’s community (whether local or global), create change and preferably be something that becomes ongoing. If it is a service, it should be something that creates change or action with long-term possibilities, empowering others besides the girl. If it is something tangible, it should come with a plan for use and maintenance within the community. If it is an event, it should be one that continues well beyond this project.The 2012-2013 gold award recipients are from Troop 4027. These outstanding young ladies and their projects are: Ellie Miller and Emily Kemins, outdoor event for the Fort Worth Afterschool Program; Lauren Ermish, reading program for a children’s home; Jessica Gregg, 100 dresses for young girls in Africa; Haley Hurlburt, Thinking Day program for a children’s home; Kelsey Sager, Exotic Endangered Animal Fashion Show; and Autumn Holt, library for a preschool.Additionally, two girls, Brooke Holman and Mary Sanders, were honored for selling more than 5,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies together. Talk about being crowned cookie queen!Young ladies, I stand in awe of your amazing works. Congratulations to you all!