Oconomowoc resident earns highest Girl Scout honor with health walk project

Milwaukee - Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast (GSWISE) has awarded Oconomowoc resident and Girl Scout Kaitlyn Ballman the highest award in Girl Scouting–the Girl Scout Gold Award. Girl Scouts who receive this award are challenged to complete a variety of requirements and carry out a project that meets an expressed need in the community and beyond.


By earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, Ballman has become a community leader. Her accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart.


To promote a healthy lifestyle to the people in her community, Ballman created Wise Walk 4 Health.


Ballman mapped out three different one, two, and three mile walks through different parts of Oconomowoc, which created interest from not only local residents but also several people from other communities. Wise Walk 4 Health benefited the community by helping participants better their health, and therefore their lives, one walk at a time.


“I have gained more self confidence,” said Ballman about completing this project. “This will affect me by not being afraid to take chances and talk to people I don’t know. Also I feel more confident in taking an approach to a situation and finding a solution for the problem.”


A Girl Scout who has earned her Girl Scout Gold Award immediately rises one rank in any of the U.S. military branches.


This year, GSWISE recognized nine girl members for earning their Girl Scout Gold Award.




Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls with 3.2 million girl and adult members worldwide. Ranked #4 out of 112 councils nationally in girl market share, Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast (GSWISE) impacts the lives of more than 29,300 girls in grades K-12 and 7,400 adults in Kenosha, Milwaukee, Racine, Waukesha, and Washington counties; southern Ozaukee County; and East Troy in Walworth County. Girl Scouting is the leading authority on girls’ healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. For more information, visit www.gswise.org, or call 1-800-565-4475. 












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