Making a Difference

Taylor Cloutier of Rancho Bernardo has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the organization’s highest honor awarded to Girl Scouts for demonstrating extraordinary leadership by creating sustainable solutions that address society’s greatest challenges. For her Gold Award project, Taylor educated students about the importance of adopting healthy lifestyles and positive attitudes toward others. She focused on type 2 diabetes, leading a presentation to teach 200 middle and high school students about the disease, the negative stigmas associated with it, and effective prevention tactics.

Taylor joined Girl Scouts as a Daisy. As a member of Troop 8484, she earned her Bronze and Silver Awards, Family of God Medal, I Live my Faith Medal, Marian Medal, My Promise My Faith Pin, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scout Leadership Torch Awards, and Community Service Bars. She participated in Girl Scouts San Diego’s Cool Women of 2018 and 2019 as an Emerging Leader Girl Scout.

Her other commitments include volunteering at Helen Woodward Animal Center, being an altar server at her church, and field hockey. At Del Norte High School, she’s been freshman and sophomore class president, junior class vice president, and president of the junior class council. She also takes part in Link Crew, Best Buddies Club, and Peer Leaders Uniting Students.

Taylor was among 61 Gold Award winners honored during a recent ceremony at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines. “Gold Award Girl Scouts change the world for the better, and change it for good!” said Girl Scouts San Diego CEO Carol M. Dedrich. “Our 2019 honorees embody everything this achievement stands for.” For information on Girl Scouting opportunities contact Tracy Browns at, or visit