Changing Lives

Scripps Ranch’s Audrey Ball and Chelsea Campbell have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award – the organization’s highest honor – for demonstrating extraordinary leadership by identifying and tackling social issues.

Each of the girls took on different topics for their Gold Award projects. Audrey created a kid-friendly wildfire preparedness and safety program and led an eight-week children’s series at a local summer camp. She also collaborated with law enforcement and fire departments to produce educational materials that were placed in San Diego County libraries and posted online. “I chose this project because I noticed a lack of awareness surrounding wildfire preparedness in my community, and I wanted to educate people on how destructive and dangerous wildfires can be,” Audrey said. “I especially wanted kids to be aware of how vital it is to have a family evacuation plan, and to be prepared when a wildfire occurs.”

Chelsea’s project, called Be the Best You, focused on teaching girls ages 10 to 15 to be “presentable” from the inside out. Chelsea planned and facilitated a retreat for participants after seeing girls at church or other events who could benefit from self-care guidance. She discovered that participants became more prepared for social situations and major life events like transitioning to college or moving into the workforce.

Each candidate spent one to two years developing and implementing their project, and were among 58 Gold Award winners honored during a recent ceremony at Copley Symphony Hall. “Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award is truly a remarkable achievement,” said Carol M. Dedrich, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts San Diego. “Audrey and Chelsea exemplify leadership in all its forms.” For more information go to