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Local Girl Scouts Earn Girl Scouts Highest Honor, the Gold Award
Local Girl Scouts Melyssa H., Catie R. and Renee L. worked within the 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.
Since the elderly often find themselves isolated when living in retirement communities, Melyssa recreated a high school prom, featuring big band era music at the Hampton Assisted Living Facility at Shadowlake. She also invited professional dancers Ali McHenry and Deborah Anderson to get the party started. More than fifty attendees reminisced as they danced the night away and played games like ‘Name that Tune.’ “As a healthcare student,” said Melyssa, “I wanted the residents to value the physical and mental health benefits of this sort of unique social interaction.”
Without a love for history, Catie wouldn’t have been able to spend two years surveying graves in two area cemeteries and also to map the plots from a genealogical perspective in order to create a reference book for visitors researching their ancestry at the Waller County Historical Museum.
“As tombstones weather the engravings can be lost,” said Catie. “I wanted to preserve this local history site.”
Catie is a senior at Katy High School. She enlisted the help of more than 40 volunteers over the duration of her project. “I discovered many traits that I didn’t have when I started the project,” said Catie. “I am able to be a proficient leader.”
Renee has been a member of New Hope Lutheran Church for many years and recently noticed that the walls of the children’s classrooms were starting to look a little dreary. “I wanted to give back to my church by making the rooms more inviting,” said Renee.
Renee is a senior at Clements High School. She and more than 20 volunteers spent almost a week repainting seven classrooms within the church. “I was pleasantly surprised by how many people wanted to get involved with my project,” said Renee.
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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