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Four Local Girl Scouts Earn Girl Scouts Highest Honor, the Gold Award
Local Girl Scouts Kari C., Amanda M., Ciara M. and Brittany V. worked within the Cy-Fair community to complete all the requirements to earn the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve, the Gold Award.
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.
Teenage years can be difficult. It can be an awkward time filled with acne and the pressure to look like the models in popular magazines. Kari recognized this and responded with an interactive fitness camp for teenage girls at the Clay Road Baptist Church. “I wanted to show teenage girls, like myself, that they are each beautiful in their own way,” said Kari.
Kari, a junior at Fairbanks High School, enlisted the help of more than 20 volunteers to create 30 interactive stations that informed young girls about topics such as eating disorders and staying active. Participants left with a better understanding of themselves. “Being a teenage girl can be so confusing,” said Kari. “I wanted the girls to know they were not alone.”
Amanda utilized her experience in the Jersey Village High School marching band to teach children about musical instruments. She organized a one-day band camp that taught children at the Christian School of Northwest Houston the basics of musical instruments and how they work together to form a melody. “I wanted to give the students a chance to learn and develop an interest about these instruments early on,” said Amanda.
Amanda is a recent graduate of Jersey Village High School. She recruited more than 30 volunteers who spent four months helping plan the event. The camp closed with a performance from the Jersey Village High School marching band. “I’m sure that this camp sparked an interest in some of these young student’s minds,” said Amanda.
Ciara partnered with Texas Children’s Hospital to provide homemade blankets to a number of children with illnesses, while at the same time increasing public awareness. “I’ve previously worked with Project Linus, a volunteer non-profit organization that provides love and warmth through handmade blankets, and the concept of creating blankets for Texas Children’s Hospital appealed to me,” said Ciara.
Ciara is a senior at Jersey Village High School. With the help of more than 100 volunteers, she donated 150 of these blankets to the hospital. She visited different community groups and educated them on what illnesses children were facing and how comforting a homemade gift could be. “Children are tactile in nature,” said Ciara. “So the touch and feel of something soft can be comforting.”
More than 35 million mothers in the United States are single, according the US Census Bureau. Brittany focused her energy on one single mother in the Cy-Falls community. She organized and cleaned the woman’s house to help relieve the asthma of her two sons. “Not all families in my community are as fortunate as me,” said Brittany. “I wanted to improve the lives and health of one of those families.”
Brittany is a senior at Cypress Falls High School. She and her 13 volunteers spent every weekend for a month improving this family’s home. They created a healthier environment for the boys. “It can be difficult for single mothers to play as many roles as they do,” said Ciara. “My volunteers and I wanted to make it a little easier.”
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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