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Local Girl Scout Teaches Ballet to Earn Girl Scouts Highest Honor, the Gold Award

Huntsville Girl Scout Samantha G. taught young girls the art of ballet to complete all the requirements to earn the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve, the Gold Award.

A love for dance made choosing a Gold Award project easy for Samantha. Once a week, during the spring semester, Samantha invited female members of the Boys and Girls Club at Scott Johnson Elementary to join her in a ballet lesson. “I wanted to share my passion for dancing with girls who may not otherwise get the chance,” said Samantha.

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.

Samantha, a senior at Huntsville High School, collected pre-worn ballet shoes from the community, so that each girl would have her own pair to take home. She taught them basic ballet steps, in the hopes of sparking an interest. “Young girls are open to so many new ideas,” said Samantha. “I wanted to expose the girls to the world of dance.”

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.5 million girls and adults. Today, as when founded in 1912, GSUSA helps cultivate values, social conscience, and self-esteem in young girls, while also teaching them critical life skills that will enable them to succeed as adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than 64,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 25 southeast Texas counties.

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Embracing and promoting pluralism is an integral part of every activity and plan of Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, not disconnected or separate projects. Only individuals willing to accept and be educated about the basic tenet that Girl Scouting is for all girls may serve in volunteer leadership or staff positions.

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