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Local Girl Scout Celebrates Women’s History to Earn Girl Scouts Highest Honor, the Gold Award
Local Girl Scout Emily B. shared her passion for women’s history by creating a handbook detailing the history of Women Air Force Service Pilots of WWII (WASP) for Girl Scouts and schools in the Houston area, to complete all the requirements to earn the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve, the Gold Award.
William P. Hobby Airport, formerly Houston Municipal Airport, hosted the first three training sessions for WASP, a group of female pilots that flew during WWII. These special women are not featured in the history books because this military branch never officially existed, according to the Houston Airport System. The 1940 Air Terminal Museum, located within Hobby Airport, has an exhibit featuring these pilots.
“I love history, and when I visited the Terminal Museum I thought I could include these brave women in my project,” said Emily.
It is a significant honor to earn the Gold Award. Girl Scouts who earn this award have demonstrated leadership skills, career planning, community involvement, and personal development. It takes two to three years of intensive work to complete all the requirements for the award. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition. A major component of earning the Gold Award is planning and completing a Gold Award Project that is a service to the community.
“I hope the children of Houston will take an interest in our local history and our part in national events,” said Emily.
Emily, a graduate of Lamar High School, spent more than a year researching and planning her project. The guide is available through the Houston 1940 Air Terminal Museum at Hobby Airport. In addition to creating the handbook, Emily, along with the help of more than two dozen volunteers, outlined Girl Scout badge opportunities with the museum.
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