For her exceptional community service, Samantha Coats of White Hall recently received her Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts.

Coats is a member of Troop 1263 and has been involved with Girl Scouts for 12 years, according to the Girl Scouts – Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

For her Gold Award project, Coats created a series of events at a low-income apartment complex that paired educational information and fun.

Families had the chance to connect with different agencies that could be used as resources, and the HOPE clinic shared information with residents on how to get free medical services, a spokeswoman said in a news release.

“Through my Gold Award project, I learned that although things may not always go according to plan, you can still make an impact,” Coats said.

It takes a girl more than two years to earn her Gold Award, the spokeswoman said.

“With the Girl Scout Leadership Experience at its core, the Girl Scout Gold Award challenges girls to identify issues about which they care deeply and plan and execute a take action project that will leave a lasting impact on the benefitting community,” according to the release.

According to the Girl Scout Research Institute’s report, The Power of the Girl Scout Gold Award: Excellence in Leadership and Life, Girl Scout Gold Award recipients receive greater lifetime benefits than their peers with regard to positive sense of self, life satisfaction, leadership, life success, community service, and civic engagement thanks to their experience in Girl Scouting, including earning their Gold Award.

Girl Scouts – Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas serves more than 8,000 girls and 3,600 in all counties in Arkansas except Crittenden.

Details: or Girl Scouts – Diamonds Corporate Office, 11311 Arcade Drive, Little Rock, AR, 72212, or 800-632-6894.